n International Journal for Religious Freedom - Christianity and democracy
|Article Title||Christianity and democracy|
|© Publisher:||International Institute for Religious Freedom|
|Journal||International Journal for Religious Freedom|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||73 - 85|
|Keyword(s)||Catholic Church, Christian ethics, Enlightenment, Fundamentalism, Islam, Minority religions, Orthodox Church, Radical Protestants, Religious freedom and Secular democracy|
The author traces the relationship between religious, and especially Christian, thought and ethics on the one hand and secular democracy on the other. While he concedes that the relationship between Christianity and democracy is and has been ambivalent, he demonstrates the significant contribution made by particularly the radical Reformations as well as religious minorities such as Judaism, towards the development of secular democracy. Majority religions, including the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and especially Islam, however, lagged and still lag behind in this regard, partly because of their more regimented internal structures.
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