Religion and Democracy

By Charles S. Liebman

Charles S. Liebman, 1999

The argument I will present has six parts: 1) Society is held together in good measure by religion; 2) The integrating, legitimating and mobilizing function of religion is especially critical in those societies or those periods in which strains and tensions are greatest; 3) It has become increasingly difficult for traditional religion to provide functions of integration, legitimation and mobilization; 4) It was believed, not too long ago, by many including myself that civil religion could serve as a substitute for traditional religion and provide the societal functions which traditional religion once provided without incurring its drawbacks; 5) I for one now have our reservations about the efficacy of civil religion; 6) There is evidence for the decline of civil religion.

Topic: Political Behavior, Religion and State, Statehood, Religion, Politics, Zionism, Secularism

Name of Publication: The Collected Speeches of Charles S. Liebman

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Genre: Speech

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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