n International Journal for Religious Freedom - Living together with disagreement: Pluralism, the secular, and the fair treatment of beliefs in law today, Iain T. Benson : book review

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2070-5484



Words matter; definitions are important. And this is especially true with regard to the global discussion of freedom of religion and the role of religions within societies. Iain T. Benson has offered definitions which, though rooted primarily in his thoughtful critique of legal developments within multi-cultural Canada, hold promise for reasonable solutions on the international level. In this little book Benson offers thoughtful definitions of a small number of words which are crucial for the discussion of how religion and the state should be related in decisions coming from the courts: secular, secularism, pluralism, religion, belief, and conduct. Some can be summarized.

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