Daniel D. Miller

The Myth of Normative Secularism

Religion and Politics in the Democratic Homeworld

Duquesne UP 2016

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Modern political thought at least in the West has long presupposed that religion and politics constitute two distinct spheres with clearly demarcated boundaries. However,...

Modern political thought at least in the West has long presupposed that religion and politics constitute two distinct spheres with clearly demarcated boundaries. However, recent political developments, such as the rise of global Islamism and the American religious Right, have challenged the assumption that the progress of democracy within a society requires the increasing secularization of its government. In this work, Daniel D. Miller takes up the problem of how to think outside the flawed logic of this normative secularism, as he identifies it, and how to then articulate a theory of the social that can truly account for the complex relationship of religion and politics.

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