Religion and Democracy: How religions can give substantial reasons for a democratic political order

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Abstract

This study explores the relationship between religion and democracy. It claims that religions can positively contribute to democracy from within their orthodox stance. There are two main problem this study tries to solve. One is the contradiction between the 'sovereignty of God' and the 'sovereignty of the people'. The other is the contradiction between the 'truth-claim' of religion and 'plurality and diversity', in which democracy functions. In discussing the protestant tradition, Roman Catholicism, and Islam, both Sunni & Shiite, this study shows that religious traditions can not only support democracy, but also the basis of democracy are of religious roots, especially the limitation of the State power and the freedom of conscious.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationPhD
Awarding Institution
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Buijs, GJ, Supervisor
  • van der Kooi, Kees, Supervisor
Award date25 May 2022
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Publisher
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2022

Keywords

  • Religion, Democracy, Axial Age, Perfection/Imperfection, Totality/plurality, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, and Islam.

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