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Lecture Notes 3.18.08 - Politics and Religion From...

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Politics and Religion From Secularism to Post-Secularism March 18, 2008 Political Theology in Europe -Public authority geared towards ensuring private salvation -Tension between political authority and church (power was excommunication). Arguments for Toleration -Modus Vivendi: Governments should enforce true religion but nobody’s winning. -Principled argument: freedom of conscience, governments have no business saving souls. -Skepticism: we don’t know what true religion is. -Even if the government has no say in the religion of its citizens, it may still fully believe that Catholicism is the only one true church. -Skeptics feel that religion should be a private matter, there may be no good arguments on any side. Privatization -Separation of church and state: antidisestablishmentarianism, case of France and Laicite (product of political struggle) -Case of U.S.: protection of church and not just state -Never actually complete: schools and public rituals
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