Religion, Democracy and the Dilemma of Social Order

By Charles S. Liebman

Macmillan Publishers, 1997

The author discusses the positive contributions religion makes to society--the cultivation of social virtues and civil responsibility--while also examining the how religion can obstruct individual freedoms and interreligious (or inter-ethnic) harmony. He looks at the changes taking place in Israeli society that have shifted religious attitudes toward democracy, and evaluates the plausibility of striking a balance between the Jewish tradition and Arab-Jewish harmony as well as between religion and democracy more broadly. He also examines the decline of civil religion, and argues that while some sort of religion may be necessary to maintaining social order, religion socializes its adherents to anti-democratic values.

Topic: Arab-Israeli Relations, Democracy, Religion and State, Community Relations, Israeli-Arab Relations, Religion, Public Policy, Values

Name of Publication: Democracy: The Challenges Ahead

Editor: Kleiman, Aharon , Shain, Yossi

Page Number(s): 48-62

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Liebman, Charles S. Religion, Democracy and the Dilemma of Social Order. Democracy: The Challenges Ahead. Macmillan Publishers. 1997: 48-62.


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