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Beyond Church and State: Democracy, Secularism, and Conversion
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Beyond Church and State: Democracy, Secularism, and Conversion (Paperback)

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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, John Locke, John Rawls, Henri Bergson and Stanley Cavell to present a more accurate picture of what secularism is, what it does, and how it can be reimagined to be more conducive to genuine democracy.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical ideologiesReligious & theocratic ideologiesHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical science & theoryPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalReligious issues & debates Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 15/10/2015 ISBN-13: 9781107579439  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Matthew Scherer is Assistant Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University.

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