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Role of Religion in American Public Life

Rorty like rawls made some reasonable arguments about

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Rorty, like Rawls, made some reasonable arguments about the role that religion should play in public policy. For instance, the idea that religion brought up in a public debate can cause tension amongst the members and stop conversation or cause an argument, especially if they are not all religious. However, to privatize religion and keep it completely out of the public forum seems unlikely to happen, but more than anything, impossible to ask of American people. Religion, as I have mentioned before does possess a quality of authority with it that gives a sense of legitimacy about a person, and it might be for this very reason that to this date we have yet to elect a president who is not religious in some way. It is true that atheists have a conscience and
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sense of morality just as any religious person does; nevertheless, those whose morals are based in a divine presence seem to have more validity than those who do not have any authority to call upon for their beliefs. Furthermore, as he had said so himself, atheists have their own beliefs and moral codes, therefore spiritual depth may be just as evident in atheists as they are in religious persons, but to liken spirituality to irrelevant matters such as one’s hobby or hair color is not very reasonable and an inappropriate comparison overall. Likewise, I believe that Rorty’s idea of privatizing religion and completely leaving it out is not right. Religion should be left in the background as an option, to be utilized by those who wish to and generally accepted as a form of rationalization, yet not forced upon those who do not believe in the same ideas. Nicholas Wolterstorff in his Wolterstorff, very efficiently and concisely expresses a similar view about Rorty and his view of religion as a conversation stopper. First, Wolterstorff begins by addressing the conversation aspect of Rorty’s argument. Essentially, Rorty had said that a discussion involving religion and non-religious values would get nowhere; eventually leading up to the stop in conversation, but Wolterstorff argues that there simply is no need for a discussion to end because of the entrance of a controversial view from an opposing sect. On the contrary, the two groups can bring about an intellectual discussion and each share their own views without having to cause any kind of hostile dispute (Wolterstorff). Wolterstorff also comments on Rorty’s view of institutionalized religion as a threat to liberal democracy and Rorty’s hopes that institutionalized religion will eventually disappear. Wolterstorff gives in response that not simply religion, but institutionalized religion, specifically, that is the problem and to “save” democracy from religion, it is enough that religion be privatized (Wolterstorff).
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