Liberté, Laïcité, Pluralité: Towards a Theology of Principled Pluralism

While the Charlie Hebdo attacks unleashed a highly distinctive national debate within France, that debate also serves to throw into sharp relief the deepening tensions generated by increasingly complex relationships between the state and religion across much of Europe, not least due to the arrival o...

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Published in:International journal of public theology
Main Author: Chaplin, Jonathan
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill 2016
In: International journal of public theology
Year: 2016, Volume: 10, Issue: 3, Pages: 354-380
IxTheo Classification:AB Philosophy of religion; criticism of religion; atheism
AD Sociology of religion; religious policy
KBA Western Europe
KBG France
Further subjects:B Laïcité secularism religion pluralism freedom of speech
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:While the Charlie Hebdo attacks unleashed a highly distinctive national debate within France, that debate also serves to throw into sharp relief the deepening tensions generated by increasingly complex relationships between the state and religion across much of Europe, not least due to the arrival of immigrant minority faiths wishing to advance claims in what is widely assumed to be ‘secular’ public space. After reviewing these tensions, the article distinguishes five current European responses to them and proposes a model of ‘principled pluralism’ as a theologically defensible option. The original theological roots of such a model are outlined and six indicative contemporary practical implications proposed.
ISSN:1569-7320
Contains:In: International journal of public theology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15697320-12341450