Four Views of the Citadel: The Consequential Distinction between Secularity and Secularism
Brett G. Scharffs,
Four Views of the Citadel: The Consequential Distinction between Secularity and Secularism,
6 Religion and Hum. Rts.: An Int’l J. 109 (2011),
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.byu.edu/faculty_scholarship/121
religion, secularism, secularity, fundamentalism, religious freedom, laicite, pluralism
In this article I want to suggest that there is an important, perhaps critical distinction between secularity and secularism -- in particlular, that one concept is a fundamental component of liberal pluralism and a bastion against religious extremism, and that the other is a misguided, even dangerous, ideology that may degenerate into its own dystopian fundamentalism. As a means of advancing this suggestion, I propose to view the distinction between secularity and secularism from four vantage points, each of which I will call a view of the citadel.
6 Religion and Hum. Rts.: An Int’l J.
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