But in Why I Am Not a Secularist, distinguished political theorist William E. Connolly argues that secularism, although admirable in its pursuit of freedom and . Why I Am Not a Secularist. By William E. Connolly. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, p. $ – Volume 94 Issue 2 – J. Donald Moon. Why I Am Not a Secularist has 43 ratings and 2 reviews. Katie said: I really enjoyed this book. Connolly provides a unique perspective on themes in secul.

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Want to Read saving…. Connolly argues that secularism, although admirable in its pursuit of freedom and diversity, too often undercuts these goals through its narrow and intolerant understandings of public reason. I am personally fine with socialism, but Connolly seems to think that a socialist perspective can be fit into a Capitalistic social and political system.

In response, he crafts a new model of public life that more accurately reflects the needs of contemporary politics. He believes that in dealing with controversial issues such as the death penalty, the right to die, and the war on drugs, secularism has failed to recognize the complexity of public views connollt it has excluded religious and theistic viewpoints.

A closely argued and elegant work. It also asks for modern secularists to see the faults of their own position and the ways in which an may connolly persons and restrict political change. Connolly never directly addresses this question, for he mainly discusses the rhyzomatic as a method of engagement between different constituencies.


John Locke was another precursor to liberal democracy who argued for The Reasonableness of Christianityand George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln argued for religious freedom from a deistic perspective.

As far as deep pluralism is concerned, I think Connolly is wrong for pitting secularism against it.

Account Options Sign in. You do not currently have access to this article. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jordan rated it it was amazing Apr 18, It is disparaging for all who want change, and at least Connolly wants that.

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Added to PP index Total downloads 11of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 3of 2, How can I increase my downloads? At its best, secularism remains immodest in its claim to provide the authoritative basis for public reason; at its worst, it overlooks possibilities for selective collaboration between religious and nonreligious perspectives in politics. Julien Leger rated it really sm it May 20, He calls secularists to take a closer look at the history of secularism and encourages them to be more open to hearing metaphysical and religious beliefs.

Marwa Faqeeh rated it really liked it Oct 16, Sahara rated it really liked it Apr 08, It views itself as the answer to religious wars, religious hegemony, and totalitarianism.


An Atheist and William Connolly

My library Help Advanced Book Search. No trivia or quizzes yet. Similarly, contestability happens often in contemporary political discourse, specifically in public debate.

Erin Foster rated it it was amazing Apr 27, Plurality and Christian Ethics. According to Connolly, modern day secularism has innumerable problems that it must face.

Not to mention that it has granted privileges to religious persons and groups, despite what its opponents say. McKay Holland rated it really liked it Apr 28, Cuong Nguyen rated it really liked it Jun 26, Sign In Forgot password? Tamta Khalvashi rated it really liked it Aug 03, Connolly’s proposal for radical pluralism and self artistry, as a means to unseat the conservative stranglehold on micro-politics makes for an interesting read.

Univ of Minnesota Press The Department of Political Science. Connolly provides a unique perspective on themes in secularism including purity, morality as law, and universalism.

Why I Am Not a Secularist

Can Islam Be French? Science Logic and Mathematics. Many liberal secularists decry this trend, rejecting any interaction between politics and religion.