Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Joel D. Schwartz
My thesis seeks to examine John Rawls' concept of public reason as it applies to religion. Whereas Rawls feared that the inclusion of religious premises into public debate would generate polarization and a failure to generate compromise, I argue that the participation of faith traditions (such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or the Methodist Church) in political discourse can be beneficial to a liberal democracy rather than destructive to it.
Turner, Joshua Allen, "Religion and the Political Sphere: The Limitations of Public Reason" (2008). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 845.
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