Religion and Democracy
Volume 20, Number 2, April 2009
Jean Bethke Elshtain, project council member and co-PI of the Science of Virtues project.
"The article analyzes the relationship between democracy and religion.
It is argued that theories about the inevitable advancement of
secularization in connection with democracy have been proven false, and
that a better paradigm for understanding such issues must be sought. A
distinction is drawn between secularization as one element of modernity
and secularization as an attempt to wall off religious belief from the
rest of culture. The role religion has played in the rise of democracy
is analyzed. The question of whether the religion of Islam could
ultimately prove to be helpful in transitioning Islamic countries
toward more democratic governmental institutions is addressed."
Read the article.
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