Rethinking Secularism: Refining the Concepts of "Public Religions," "Principled Distance" and the "Twin Tolerations"

November 13, 2008
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Cosponsored by the Social Science Research Council, the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, this roundtable discussion brought together José Casanova, Rajeev Bhargava, and Alfred Stepan to discuss and refine their contributions to the study of religion and politics: namely, Casanova's concept of "public religions," Bhargava's "principled distance," and Stepan's "twin tolerations" of the political sphere by the religious and the religious by the political.

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