Making Religious Practices Intelligible in the Public Sphere: A Pragmatist Evaluation of Scriptural Reasoning
In this essay, I will determine what I consider to be the requirements for the use of religion in the public sphere. For the sake of my argument, I will treat “religion” and “the public sphere” as primitive terms without feeling the need to define them in any technical way. I shall assume that anyone interested in this issue already holds certain views of what religion is and whether or not it has any value—moral, spiritual, social, etc. Similarly, I will not present a taxonomy of the myriad of positions concerning what constitutes a “public sphere” nor try to offer a topology of where such spheres exist. I am only interested in how religion, however one conceives of it, should interact with whatever one conceives of as “the public sphere.”
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“Making Religious Practices Intelligible in the Public Sphere: A Pragmatist Evaluation of Scriptural Reasoning,” The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning 10.2 (2011), online at http://jsr.shanti.virginia.edu/back-issues/volume-10-no-2-december-2011-public-debate-and-scriptural-reasoning/making-religious-practices-intelligible-in-the-public-sphere/.