But in Why I Am Not a Secularist, distinguished political theorist William E. Connolly argues that secularism, although admirable in its pursuit of freedom and . Why I Am Not a Secularist. By William E. Connolly. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, p. $ – Volume 94 Issue 2 – J. Donald Moon. Why I Am Not a Secularist has 43 ratings and 2 reviews. Katie said: I really enjoyed this book. Connolly provides a unique perspective on themes in secul.

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seculraist Hale – – International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 76 3: Connolly argues that secularism, although admirable in its pursuit of freedom and diversity, too often undercuts these goals through its narrow and intolerant understandings of public reason. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Connolly provides a unique perspective on themes in secularism including purity, morality as law, and universalism. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.

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Agreed Syllabi and Un-Agreed Values: One might actually argue that secularism and atheism are the voices being silenced in public political discourse. Natalie rated it really liked it Jun 14, Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account?

Why I Am Not a Secularist

To correct these limitations, Connolly advances a bold new vision of public diversity that acknowledges questions about its own ideology, incorporates a wider variety of ethical views, and honors the desire of believers and nonbelievers secularjst to represent their faithsopenly in the civic forum. Connolly has articulated a powerful case for a pluralist ethos that is respectful of the essential contestability of social reality and cultivates a generous and forbearing attitude towards political and philosophical differences among various collectivities.


Freedom entails difference; difference entails deep-seated disagreements, disagreements that will not be remedied. It is my understanding that secularism provides the bare outlines for the workings of a radically diverse society.

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Books by William E. It is true that an overly simplistic view of the history of secularism can be misleading.

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Marwa Faqeeh rated it really liked it Oct 16, The Conceits of Secularism. This is no easy feat. Adam rated it liked it Jul 16, Fordham University Quarterly 24 1: Cuong Nguyen rated it really liked it Jun 26, Sign In Forgot password? Added to PP index Total downloads 11of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 3of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Want to Read saving…. At its best, secularism remains immodest in its claim to provide the authoritative basis for public reason; at its worst, it overlooks possibilities for selective collaboration between religious and nonreligious perspectives in politics.

But in Why Sedularist Am Not a Secularistdistinguished political theorist W Religion’s influence in American politics is obvious in recent debates about school prayer, abortion, and homosexuality, as well as in the success of grassroots religious organizations in mobilizing voters. Dec 01, Katie Glanz rated it really liked it Shelves: The traditional formulations of secularism, Connolly contends, underestimate the vitality and complexity of real-life political judgments.


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Why I Am Not a Secularist is powerful and original. It thinks of itself as the progeny of the scientific revolution, the elevation of reason, and a mode of cleaning public discourse from dubious metaphysical secilarist and religious beliefs. Brendan Wright seculadist it it was amazing Sep 17, Penguin, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He calls secularists to take a closer look at the history of secularism and encourages them to be more open to hearing metaphysical and religious beliefs.

This is the latest in a series of works in which Connolly has been interrogating liberalism and its fellow travelers.