The Politics of Religion

By: Puspal Supen Mutsuddy  

The relationship between religion and politics continues to be an important theme in political philosophy, despite the emergent consensus (both among political theorists and in practical political contexts, such as the United Nations) on the right to freedom of conscience and on the need for some sort of separation between church and state. One reason for the importance of this topic is that religions often make strong claims on people’s allegiance, and universal religions make these claims on all people, rather than just a particular community. For example, Islam has traditionally held that all people owe obedience to Allah’s will. Thus, it is probably inevitable that religious commitments will sometimes come into conflict with the demands of politics. But religious beliefs and practices also potentially support politics in many ways. The extent and form of this support is as important to political philosophers as is the possibility for conflict. Moreover, there has been a growing interest in minority groups and the political rights and entitlements they are due. One result of this interest is substantial attention given to the particular concerns and needs of minority groups who are distinguished by their religion, as opposed to ethnicity, gender, or wealth. This article surveys some of the philosophical problems raised by the various ways in which religion and politics may intersect.

Human Rights, Reconciliation, Ethics, Religious Freedom, Politics
The Politics of Religion
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Mr. Puspal Supen Mutsuddy

Teacher, Organization and Leadership, Goutham Bouddha Vihar, India
Delhi, India

I studied religion and described religion to all. And teach religion to the new world . I belong to religion research and presentation.