Islam, Catholicism, and the Secular: A Conversation with José Casanova and Abdolkarim Soroush
With the worldwide resurgence of religion in politics and society old theoretical debates reemerge but also point to a central contemporary challenge: how to create and maintain open, democratic societies in a globalizing world marked by growing cultural and religious pluralism. The challenge is particularly acute for Catholic Christianity and for Islam, which have traditionally supported a prominent role for religion in public affairs. Two leading contemporary thinkers, José Casanova and Abdolkarim Soroush, explored these issues in a public conversation moderated by Berkley Center Director Thomas Banchoff.
The event explored the following questions:
- What is the proper relationship between religious and secular knowledge and authority?
- What tensions exist between religious traditions and communities, on the one hand, and the secular institutions of state, law, democracy, and markets, on the other?