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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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The Role of the State

The Role of the State

(p.110) 6 The Role of the State
Religion in Public Life

Roger Trigg

Oxford University Press

The first section of the chapter explains the ‘supremacy of God’ in context to the charter of rights and freedom. It argues that appeals to rights should be seen as part of a moral order which transcends political agreements, and which may be itself be religious in origin, to be effective. The second section examines the concept of religious hegemony by John Rawls. The third section looks into France's policy of ‘la laïcite’ that led the way on separating religion from the public sphere. The fourth section looks into the Enlightenment view that society was no longer seen as resting on any sacred foundation. The last section of the chapter examines the despotism of custom and the diversity of multiculturalism and liberty using John Stuart Mill's essay ‘On Liberty’.

Keywords:   supremacy of God, charter of rights, moral order, la laïcite, Enlightenment view, multiculturism, ‘On Liberty’, John Stuart Mills, Jown Rawls, religious hegemony

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