Religion and Democracy

Religion and Democracy - scope, and the more universalistic...

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Religion and Democracy
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Is religion compatible with democracy? Three possible relations between political and religious authority: 1. Political authority comprehensive 2. Religious authority dominates political 3. Political and religious authority coexists
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How can we avoid religious violence? Must first understand the nature of religion and tendencies to violence
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Religion differs along three dimensions 1. structure: focuses on inward states or external behavior 2. jurisdiction: partial or total 3. scope: universalistic (proselytizing) or particularistic (non-proselytizing)
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Galston’s claim The more a religion expresses itself in external law, the more extensive its
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Unformatted text preview: scope, and the more universalistic its claims, the less accommodating toward pluralism and the more prone to violence to eliminate plurality. Violence and religion defensive vs. offensive: particularistic faiths engage in defensive violence. Offensive religions: intolerant, uncompromising, totalist, coercive instrumental vs. instinctive violence Differences over gender relations can cause instinctive violence Islam and violence Islam can find support for pluralism as well as opposition Koran: There can be no compulsion in religion Shariah law: enforces sexist family and separatist gender relations...
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course PHIL 180 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Kansas.

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