Politics and Religion: Moving Forward in a Pluralistic Society
April 13, 2009 at12:00AM /N
Boise State University
Religion is back--in a big way. This has come as a shock for a large portion of Western elites, trained to assume that secularization, like indoor plumbing and electricity, is a necessary feature of progress. In the West this has lead to skirmishes in an ongoing culture war between secularists and a resurgent public Christianity. Dr. Lantinga, a political philosopher who also directs the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education, argues that the source of these conflicts arises in both modern philosophy and recently discarded or reconfigured strains of Christian theology. Given such shifting foundations, both secularists and Christians need to chart a new course for public debate and public policy. This new course can help North Americans negotiate not only with the deep divisions that bedevil domestic politics but also more fruitfully engage the deep plurality presented by a globalized world.