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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 Democracy Be Religiously Neutral?

Must Democracy Be Religiously Neutral?

(p.130) 7 Must Democracy Be Religiously Neutral?
Religion in Public Life

Roger Trigg

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines whether or not democracy should be religiously neutral. A democratic country is one in which the government is answerable to the people. Freedom to choose a government is linked to the freedom to choose a religion. However, religious freedom is not a mere by-product of democracy. Religion demands utmost commitment, but it goes beyond one's own understanding. The second part of the chapter looks into the values of truth and freedom in religions. The third section examines the religious authority by citing Unitarianism, Congregationalism, and the example of the Republic of Mordova. The last section differentiates between the principles of a moral government and a moral one.

Keywords:   moral government, neutral government, Republic of Mordova, Unitarianism, Congregationalism, religious freedom, democracy

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