Conference on New Religious Pluralism and Democracy

April 21-22, 2005

The conference 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 the book Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism (2007).
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 "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 Banchoff: Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics (2008) and Religion and the Global Politics of Human Rights (2011, co-edited with Robert Wuthnow).

This event was sponsored by Georgetown University's Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Peace; cosponsors included 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.


April 21

Keynote Address: Radical Evil in Liberal Democracies | Martha Nussbaum

April 22

New Contours of Religious Diversity | Thomas Banchoff, Peter L. Berger, José Casanova, Pippa Norris, Yossi Shain

Islam in Atlantic Democracies | Daniel Brumberg, Sam Cherribi, Grace Davie, John Esposito, Danièle Hervieu-Léger

Religion, Pluralism, and Democracy | Thomas Banchoff, Diana Eck, Stanley Hauerwas, Miroslav Volf, Robert Wuthnow

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