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Democratic religion from Locke to Obama : faith and the civic life of democracy / Giorgi Areshidze.

By: Areshidze, Giorgi, 1983- [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks; American political thought.Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2016]Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780700622689; 0700622683.Subject(s): Religious pluralism -- Political aspects | Religious tolerance | Religion and politics | Liberalism -- Religious aspects | Democracy -- Religious aspectsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Democratic religion from Locke to Obama.DDC classification: 201/.72 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Areshidze's thesis is that liberal democracy has had a transformative, moderating effect on religion; religious adherents in democratic societies are less dogmatic, more tolerant, and more pluralist in their thinking. But this has come at the cost of producing an increasingly atomistic and individualistic culture that weakens the very social and civic institutions necessary for liberal democracy to flourish and sustain itself, giving rise to a citizenry that cannot be motivated to bring about positive change by appealing to its deeply held moral convictions. Areshidze looks at the role of explicitly moral and religious appeals by Lincoln, King, and Obama and suggests that liberals such as Rawls will have a difficult time squaring these explicitly moral appeals with their own views about the proper role of religion and morality in public reason. This claim that liberal, Lockean, Rawlsian democracy is a double-edged sword is both controversial and thought provoking. The book is accessible to advanced undergraduates but will be most useful to faculty and graduate students working in political philosophy and political science and possibly other related fields, such as religious studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Mark A. Michael, Austin Peay State University

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