Conference on New Religious Pluralism and Democracy

The conference, sponsored by the University's Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Peace, explored the changing relationship between politics and religion on both sides of the Atlantic. Participants included leading US and European scholars from the disciplines of philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, and theology. The conference gave rise to a book, Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism, ed. Thomas Banchoff (Oxford University Press, 2007). Cosponsors were the BMW Center for German and European Studies, Center for Democracy and the Third Sector, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Department of Government, Department of Theology, and the Program for Jewish Civilization.

This conference, convened by Thomas Banchoff, Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, was the first of three in a series. In March 2006, the Berkley Center hosted the inaugural Conference on the New Religious Pluralism in World Politics, and in March 2007 the Berkley Center, along with Robert Wuthnow, Director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, hosted the Conference on Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights. Two books based on those conferences were published with Oxford University Press and edited by Center director Thomas Banchoff: Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics (2008) and Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights (2011, co-edited with Robert Wuthnow).


Radical Evil in Liberal Democracies
Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago


New Contours of Religious Diversity

Peter L. Berger, Boston University 
José Casanova, New School University
Pippa Norris, Harvard University (with Ronald Inglehart)
Yossi Shain, Georgetown University
Thomas Banchoff, Georgetown University (moderator) 

Islam in Atlantic Democracies

Sam Cherribi, Emory University
Grace Davie, University of Exeter
John Esposito, Georgetown University
Danièle Hervieu-Léger, EHESS, Paris
Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University (moderator)

Religion, Pluralism, and Democracy

Diana Eck, Harvard University
Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University
Miroslav Volf, Yale University
Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University
Thomas Banchoff, Georgetown University

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