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Chains of Persuasion: A Framework for Religion in Democracy

Benjamin R. Hertzberg


Democratic citizens around the world appeal to religious arguments, ideals, identities, and institutions in their political activism. And yet predominant theoretical accounts of liberal democracy provide precious little applicable guidance to citizens who must make judgments about religion’s proper role in their politics. Chains of Persuasion: A Framework for Religion in Democracy provides a new moral framework to guide citizens’ evaluations of religious politics. Rejecting claims that religion must be relegated to the private sphere or that all attempts to evaluate its political roles are opp ... More

Keywords: religion, democracy, liberalism, deliberation, public reason, virtue theory, Mormonism, Islam, civic society, church and state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190883041
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190883041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin R. Hertzberg, author
Visiting Professor of Political Science, Emory University