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:
  1. What is the proper relationship between religious and secular knowledge and authority?
  2. 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? 

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