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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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Home Current Catalogs Blog. Connolly No preview available – In contrast with Rawls, Connolly does not want one authoritative center in Rawls case liberal secularism to occupy the center of public discourse.

It can lead people to accept a nice and clear story of the rise of secularism. 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.

Nancy Sue Love – – Hypatia 17 4: 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 alike seularist represent their faithsopenly in the civic forum.

Why I Am Not a Secularist

Along the way, Connolyl offers some of the finest critiques of Habermas and Rawls yet penned, as well as brilliant diagnoses of contemporary political cultural formations. Despite this, the United States has continued to be an overwhelmingly religious country, as is seen by the beliefs of our elected representatives.

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Scientific Pluralism Secualrist defining work about a hotly contested scientific topic. It is disparaging for all who want change, and at least Connolly wants that. Austin rated it it was amazing May 12, At its best, secularism remains immodest in its claim to provide the authoritative basis for u reason; at its worst, it overlooks possibilities for selective collaboration between religious and nonreligious perspectives in politics.

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Why I Am Not a Secularist – William E. Connolly – Google Books

Many liberal secularists decry this trend, rejecting any interaction between politics and religion. As I understand it, secularism is what religious pluralism needs to continue.

This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. Connolly also wants people accept the contestability of their beliefs in the public sphere.

Nicholas Tampio – – Deleuze and Guatarri Studies 8 1: There is something profoundly moving about Connolly’s effort to rethink the secularism that formed him, to call into question progressive shibboleths that have long appeared as the only possible counters to forces of reaction and conservatism, and to confront problems such as capital punishment and the phenomenon of evil without reliance connollt the handmaidens of secular rationalism, cynicism, or humanism.

Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies. It guarantees religious wyy Free Practice Clause as well as noy the political system from being controlled by any given religious group Establishment Clause. 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.

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Connolly has some interesting arguments but is too timid in advocating any solutions.

Adrian Pabst – unknown. Cuong Nguyen rated it really liked it Jun 26, John Courtney Murray – – Thought: By doing so I forfeits some of the very resources needed to foster a generous pluralism.

This way the public sphere can still operate as a medium for social and ideological critique. It also asks for modern secularists to see the faults of their own seculaist and the ways in which it may ostracize persons and restrict political change.

Allison rated it it was ok Apr 26, 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 alike to represent their faiths openly in the whj forum.

Sontag – – Thought: It is true that an overly simplistic view of the history of secularism can be misleading. Rethinking the Secularist Enlightenment Project in Scotland.