Secular fundamentalism and democracy

Ekins, Richard (2005) Secular fundamentalism and democracy. Journal of Markets and Morality, 8 1: 81-93.

Author Ekins, Richard
Title Secular fundamentalism and democracy
Journal name Journal of Markets and Morality
ISSN 1944-7841
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status
Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page 81
End page 93
Total pages 13
Place of publication Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Publisher Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article critiques the view, which may be termed secular fundamentalism, that democracy requires religious arguments and religious believers to be excluded from political discourse. Two objections are raised against secular fundamentalism: First, it is premised on a flawed reading of the historical record that assumes religion and democracy are incompatible; second, it falsely assumes a stark division between religious (irrational) and secular (rational) reasons. The article goes on to propound a democratic model of church-state relations, premised on the “twin tolerations” and priority for democracy. Finally, it is suggested that, in certain polities at least, stable democracy may require a religiously coherent rationale.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: TC Beirne School of Law Publications
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