Religious violence may trigger feelings of repulsion and
indignation, especially in a society that encourages toleration and
respect, but rejection contradicts the principles of inclusion that
define a democracy and its core moral values. How can we think
ethically about religious violence and terrorism, especially in the
wake of such atrocities as 9/11?
Known for his skillful interrogation of ethical issues as they
pertain to religion, politics, and culture, Richard B. Miller
returns to the basic tenets of liberalism to divine an ethical
response to religious extremism. He questions how we should think
about the claims and aspirations of political religions, especially
when they conflict so deeply with liberal norms and practices, and
he suggests how liberal critics can speak confidently in ways that
respect cultural and religious difference.
Miller explores other concerns within these investigations as
well, such as the protection of human rights and a liberal
democratic commitment to multicultural politics. In relating
religion and ethics, he develops a new lens for viewing political
religions and their moral responsibilities. This probing inquiry
also forces us to rethink our response to 9/11.
Subjects: Religion, Philosophy
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