A Christian Identity for the Liberal State?

Joppke, Christian Georg (2013). A Christian Identity for the Liberal State? British Journal of Sociology, 64(4), pp. 597-616. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/1468-4446.12041

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It seems to be impossible for the liberal state to embrace a Christian identity, because ‘liberalism’ is exactly a device for separating state and religion. Discussing the implications of a recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights, Lautsi v. Italy (2011), I argue that this is not necessarily so. If paired with a liberal commitment to pluralism, a Christian identity might even be more inclusive of minority religions than a narrowly ‘liberal’ state identity, which has been the dominant response in Western Europe to the challenge of immigrant diversity, especially that of Muslim origins.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Joppke, Christian Georg

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0007-1315

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Mahboob Hasan

Date Deposited:

26 May 2014 07:55

Last Modified:

08 Dec 2014 23:58

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/1468-4446.12041

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Liberalism, identity, religion, state, law

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.43111

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/43111

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