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ERIC Number: EJ811366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1361-7672
Religion, Liberalism and Education: A Response to Roger Trigg
Carr, David
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v29 n1 p93-96 Apr 2008
Although he shares many of Professor Roger Trigg's views about the logical character and human significance of religion and religious discourse, including the view that religious claims are matters for rational understanding and appraisal, the author expresses difficulties with key points in Trigg's diagnosis and critique of what he takes to be the widespread silencing of the religious voice in contemporary (liberal-democratic) public life. Generally, Trigg endorses a fairly common complaint that exclusion of all religious viewpoints largely rests upon a questionable modern distinction of political liberalism between matters of private and public concern that consigns religious claims to the private/personal realm. Trigg also contends that there seems to be some inconsistency in such a position, in so far as the notions of freedom and equality of consideration to which such normative liberalism appeals have evident Judaeo-Christian origins. In this regard, modern political liberalism may seem to be in the paradoxical or self-defeating position of cutting off the branch on which it is sitting. The author concludes that Trigg's belief includes both a skewed view of the normative basis of modern political liberalism and a problematic association of key liberal principles with a particular religious heritage, and that is liable to backfire to the detriment of religious freedom and tolerance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom