Managed Pluralism: The Emerging Church–State Model in the United States?

Nikolas K. Gvosdev

in The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195326246
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Managed Pluralism: The Emerging Church–State Model in the United States?

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America is defined as a “nation of faith.” Some statesmen claim that it is a republic whose governmental institutions presuppose belief in the Supreme Being and which respects, promotes, and protects religious pluralism. As part of its public diplomacy, the U.S. State Department stresses the connection between American religiosity and freedom. The strong connection between religion and freedom created a religious diversity unmatched by other countries. While the Constitution recognizes religious freedom and religious pluralism, it nonetheless admits the impossibility of absolute pluralism. Within this context, the U.S. Constitution permits limitations for the sake of civic peace, social cohesion, the protection of public safety, and the fundamental rights and freedoms of others. This article discusses how America manages religious pluralism, as well as the meaning of managed pluralism, the theories surrounding it, and the court's standpoint on the issue of managed pluralism.

Keywords: religious pluralism; American religiosity; freedom; religion and freedom; religious diversity; religious freedom; absolute pluralism; managed pluralism

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Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Comparative Politics

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