The Secular State and the Religious Citizen

Robert Audi

in Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199796083
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919345 | DOI:
The Secular State and the Religious Citizen

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Extending Chapter 2, which articulates a framework for church-state relations in pluralistic democracies, this chapter proposes principles to guide individual citizens in sociopolitical matters, especially those on which religious considerations bear significantly. It provides a framework in which religious citizens can be adequately responsive to their religious commitments, but calls on all citizens to have adequate secular reason—“natural reason”—for advocacy or support of coercive laws or public policies. This secular rationale requirement is shown to be designed to benefit religious and secular citizens alike.

Keywords: advocacy; civil religion; ethics of citizenship; exclusivism; majoritarianism; natural reason; political discourse; religious reasons; secular reasons; secularism

Chapter.  14154 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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