Religious Commitment and Secular Reason

Religious Commitment and Secular Reason

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Many religious people are alarmed about features of the current age--violence in the media, a pervasive hedonism, a marginalization of religion, and widespread abortion. These concerns influence politics, but just as there should be a separation between church and state, so should there be a balance between religious commitments and secular arguments calling for social reforms. Robert Audi offers a principle of secular rationale, which does not exclude religious grounds for action but which rules out restricting freedom except on grounds that any rational citizen would accept. This book describes the essential commitments of free democracy, explains how religious and secular moral considerations can be integrated to facilitate cooperation in a world of religious pluralism, and proposes ideals of civic virtue that express the mutual respect on which democracy depends.Robert Audi. in this sense is a constitutive element in liberal democracy, a rights- based theory of such democracy is ... their political participation and in contributing to public service than they must do by law, their society will at best languish.

Title:Religious Commitment and Secular Reason
Author:Robert Audi
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2000-03-13


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