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Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State

Robert Audi


Democratic states must protect the liberty of citizens and must accommodate both religious liberty and cultural diversity. This democratic imperative is one reason for the increasing secularity of most modern democracies. Religious citizens, however, commonly see a secular state as unfriendly toward religion. This book articulates principles that enable secular governments to protect liberty in a way that judiciously separates church and state and fully respects religious citizens. After presenting a brief account of the relation between religion and ethics, the book shows how ethics can be in ... More

Keywords: autonomy, citizenship, cosmopolitanism, democracy, morality, politics, religion, separation of church and state, toleration, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199796083
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796083.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Audi, author
University of Notre Dame