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Michael J. Schuck and John Crowley-Buck

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267309

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.001.0001

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Civil Discourse and Religion in Transitional Democracies: The Cases of Lithuania, Peru, and Indonesia

Civil Discourse and Religion in Transitional Democracies: The Cases of Lithuania, Peru, and Indonesia

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(p.310) Civil Discourse and Religion in Transitional Democracies: The Cases of Lithuania, Peru, and Indonesia
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Democracy, Culture, Catholicism
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David Ingram

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.003.0022

Respect for human dignity and the common good in democratic regimes cannot be sustained by reason alone. Citizen faith commitments endorsing both of these values are necessary. However, negotiating in practice the relationship between civic values and religious morality is extremely challenging in a democracy. As a contribution to greater balance in these matters, Ingram argues that the capacity of religion to promote democratic reform in a way that respects fair procedures (rule of law) must extend beyond the liberal principle of tolerance. It must extend to recognizing the republican principle of non-domination. Ingram provides a thorough comparative analysis of the situations in Indonesia, Lithuania, and Peru to support his argument.

Keywords:   civic values, common good, democracy, human dignity, Indonesia, liberal principle of tolerance, Lithuania, Peru, religious faith, republican principle of non-domination

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