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Equality, Freedom, and Religion

How far should religious practices be curtailed in pursuit of other social goals, such as equality and the removal of discrimination? This book reasons that religious freedom is one of our most precious freedoms, and essential to democracy, drawing on examples from across the Western world.
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Is religious freedom being curtailed in pursuit of equality, and the outlawing of discrimination? Is enough effort made to accommodate those motivated by a religious conscience? All rights matter but at times the right to put religious beliefs into practice increasingly takes second place in the law of different countries to the pursuit of other social priorities. The right to freedom of belief and to manifest belief is written into all human rights charters. In the United States religious freedom is sometimes seen as 'the first freedom'. Yet increasingly in many jurisdictions in Europe and North America, religious freedom can all too easily be 'trumped' by other rights. Roger Trigg looks at the assumptions that lie behind the subordination of religious liberty to other social concerns, especially the pursuit of equality. He gives examples from different Western countries of a steady erosion of freedom of religion. The protection of freedom of worship is often seen as sufficient, and religious practices are separated from the beliefs which inspire them.
So far from religion in general, and Christianity in particular, providing a foundation for our beliefs in human dignity and human rights, religion is all too often seen as threat and a source of conflict, to be controlled at all costs. The challenge is whether any freedom can preserved for long, if the basic human right to freedom of religious belief and practice is dismissed as of little account, with no attempt to provide any reasonable accommodation. Given the central role of religion in human life, unnecessary limitations on its expression are attacks on human freedom itself.
Roger Trigg is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. His publications include "Rationality and Religion" (Blackwell, 1998), "Rationality and Science" (Blackwell, 1993) and "Understanding Social Science" (Blackwell, 1985). He was the first President (1993-6) of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, and in 1996-7 was Stanton Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge. He is currently President of the Mind Association.
Introduction ; 1. Does Religious Freedom Matter? ; 2. Does Equality Trump Freedom? ; 3. Religious Beliefs and Institutions. ; 4. Equal Beliefs? ; 5. Is Religious Toleration Enough? ; 6. Freedom from the Law? ; 7. Belief and Practice ; 8. Necessary Limits to Religious Freedom ; 9. The Challenge of Equality ; 10. The Foundations of Equality and Freedom ; Conclusion
a well-written and approachable discussion of some very difficult questions about freedom of religion and equality before the law ... The author analyses with exemplary clarity the implications of numerous awkward cases and judicial opinions from many quarters. Brian Wicker, The Tablet a carefully reasoned and clearly written book Paul Richardson, Church of England Newspaper
Is religious freedom being curtailed in pursuit of equality, and the outlawing of discrimination? Is enough effort made to accommodate those motivated by a religious conscience? All rights matter but at times the right to put religious beliefs into practice increasingly takes second place in the law of different countries to the pursuit of other social priorities. The right to freedom of belief and to manifest belief is written into all human rights charters. In the
United States religious freedom is sometimes seen as 'the first freedom'. Yet increasingly in many jurisdictions in Europe and North America, religious freedom can all too easily be 'trumped' by other
rights. Roger Trigg looks at the assumptions that lie behind the subordination of religious liberty to other social concerns, especially the pursuit of equality. He gives examples from different Western countries of a steady erosion of freedom of religion. The protection of freedom of worship is often seen as sufficient, and religious practices are separated from the beliefs which inspire them. So far from religion in general, and Christianity in particular, providing a
foundation for our beliefs in human dignity and human rights, religion is all too often seen as threat and a source of conflict, to be controlled at all costs. The challenge is whether any freedom can
preserved for long, if the basic human right to freedom of religious belief and practice is dismissed as of little account, with no attempt to provide any reasonable accommodation. Given the central role of religion in human life, unnecessary limitations on its expression are attacks on human freedom itself.
Addresses a topic of great topical concern, providing lucid analysis of debates frequently aired in the media
Written in an accessible style yet displaying a knowledge of underlying philosophical and theoretical controversies, with particular reference to law
Suitable as an introductory text for students in law, politics, and religious studies
Draws on illustrations from the United States, Canada, and across Europe
Author
Roger Trigg
Short Title
EQUALITY FREEDOM & RELIGION
Language
English
ISBN-10
0199576858
ISBN-13
9780199576852
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
Year
2012
Publication Date
2012-01-05
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Place of Publication
Oxford
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
323.442
Pages
184
Affiliation
University of Warwick Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Audience
Professional and Scholarly
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