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The Liberal Conscience
Author: Lucas Swaine

ISBN: 9780231136044
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 20 November 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1
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"A new liberal theory awaits, one that properly acknowledges the fundamental values and commitments of theocrats and liberals alike." -- from "The Liberal of Conscience"

In recent years, the battle between liberalism and theocracy has taken center stage around the globe. To many it is a dispute that can only end in a confrontation of competing values and worldviews. In this bold new work, Lucas Swaine combines discussions of political philosophy and real-world events to provide solutions to this seemingly intractable conflict. By opening a dialogue between theocracy and liberalism and offering strategies for interacting with politically ambitious theocrats, Swaine offers new and vital perspectives on the role of religion in liberal, multicultural societies.

Swaine begins by exploring the nature and development of theocratic communities and the moral and political challenges they pose to liberal societies. He argues that in their treatment of theocratic communities, liberal societies have failed to uphold their own stated principles of religious toleration. They have also neglected to formulate a suitable schema for treating th...

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