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Religion, politics, and democracy : beyond church and state

Author: Matthew Scherer
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
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"Secularism is often imagined in Thomas Jefferson's words as 'a wall of separation between Church and State'. This book moves past that standard picture to argue that secularism is a process that reshapes both religion and politics. Borrowing a term from religious traditions, the book goes further to argue that this process should be understood as a process of conversion. Matthew Scherer studies Saint Augustine,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Scherer, Matthew, 1977-
Religion, politics, and democracy.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
(DLC) 2012036776
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Scherer
ISBN: 9781139625630 1139625632 9781139199261 1139199269
OCLC Number: 829706599
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction: beyond the separation of church and state: secularism as conversion --
1. The authorized narrative and crystalline structure of conversion in Augustine's Confessions --
2. Toleration and conversion in Locke's letters: it is 'above all things necessary to distinguish' --
3. The crystalline structure of conversion: Henri Bergson's Two sources --
4. Saint John (Rawls), the miracle of secular reason --
5. The wish for a better life: Stanley Cavell's critique of the social contract --
Conclusion: 6. From supernovas into the deep: secularism as conversion, a conversion of secularism.
Responsibility: Matthew Scherer.


Beyond Church and State argues that secularism is a process that transforms the interrelated fields of religion and politics.  Read more...
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'A brilliant contribution to the study of secularity, offering a new perspective on what has become a tired debate about political-religious separation. In inviting readers to rethink secularism as a Read more...

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