Freedom of Religion and the Secular State

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 17, 2012 - Political Science - 224 pages
Exploring the relationship between religion and the state

Focusing on the intersection of religion, law, and politics in contemporary liberal democracies, Blackford considers the concept of the secular state, revising and updating enlightenment views for the present day. Freedom of Religion and the Secular State offers a comprehensive analysis, with a global focus, of the subject of religious freedom from a legal as well as historical and philosophical viewpoint. It makes an original contribution to current debates about freedom of religion, and addresses a whole range of hot-button issues that involve the relationship between religion and the state, including the teaching of evolution in schools, what to do about the burqa, and so on.

 

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Contents

Motivation and Overview
2
A Short History of Religious Intolerance
21
Models of the Modern State Religious Impositions and Endorsements
57
ReligionBased Morality and the Secular State
68
Persecution Accommodation and Conscientious Objection Private Power Religious Communities and the State
119
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Religious Freedom and the Interests of Children 1 2
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Religious Freedom and Freedom of Speech
170
Concluding Remarks
199
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Russell Blackford is an Australian philosopher and literary critic, based at the University of Newcastle, NSW. He is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Evolution and Technology, and co-editor, with Udo Schüklenk, of 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. His areas of expertise include legal and political philosophy, philosophical bioethics, metaethics, and philosophy of religion. He has published essays, stories, and reviews in a wide range of magazines, anthologies, and academic journals.

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