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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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(p.230) Conclusion
Religion in Public Life

Roger Trigg

Oxford University Press

This chapter is divided into the following sections: the illusion of neutrality, is the state self-sufficient?, and a common rationality. Democracy has resulted in the contemporary stress on human rights, which provide protection against the tyranny of the majority. Religious liberty has always been seen as one of the most prominent among those rights, going to the heart of what it is to be a human being, and being able to choose what kind of life to live. The first section argues that advocating neutrality restricts the scope of religion. The second section discusses that separation of religion and religious forms of reasoning, from any relevance to the public is far from neutral in its effects. The last section recommends that religious voices should be heard in a public debate about the proper basis for society.

Keywords:   neutrality, common rationality, religious liberty, human rights, religious scope, public sphere, society

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