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Religion in Public LifeMust Faith Be Privatized?$
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Roger Trigg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199543670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543670.001.0001

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Must We Privatize Religion?

Must We Privatize Religion?

(p.190) 10 Must We Privatize Religion?
Religion in Public Life

Roger Trigg

Oxford University Press

This chapter is divided into the following sections: the prestige of science, attacks on ‘truth’, toleration and truth, and the public sphere. There are many pressures for the complete privatization of religion. In examining the main currents in contemporary thought challenging the public recognition, an obvious one is a respect for science and scientists as the sole source of established knowledge. The second section shows the attack on the universal rationality of science. It illustrates the growing dissatisfaction with the claims of science, and other over-arching grand narratives that sketch out what is universally true based on rational principles which hold everywhere. The third section argues that disagreement is the life-blood of science, and the bed-rock of democracy. The last section clarifies the terms ‘public’, and ‘private’ for religion and science.

Keywords:   public sphere, science, truth, privatization of religion, religion, toleration, universal rationality, democracy

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