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Religion and Politics

  1. C. A. J. Coady

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee724

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Coady, C. A. J. 2013. Religion and Politics. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


The interaction between religion and politics is a matter of urgent concern well into the early part of the twenty-first century, principally because of the apparent revival of enthusiasm for religion in many parts of the world and the widespread belief that this revival poses a threat to democracy and political stability more generally. This threat is seen as coming not only from extremist Islamic jihadists but also from some democratic leaders with strong Christian commitments, of whom George W. Bush was a prime example. (For President George W. Bush's religio-political inclinations, see in particular MacAskill 2005 and Weinberger 2006: 137.) Partly as a reaction to this revival and its perceived dangers, there has been a resurgence of intellectual hostility to religion, most evident in the popularity of “new atheist” publications and gatherings.


  • autonomy;
  • Christianity;
  • church and state;
  • conscience;
  • decision making;
  • philosophy of religion;
  • politics;
  • religion;
  • secularism;
  • theology