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COLLECTIONPublished articles
TITLEThe Religious Foundations of Civil Society
AUTHOR 1Wendy M. Heller
DATE_THIS2000
VOLUME10:1-2
TITLE_PARENTJournal of Bahá'í Studies
PAGE_RANGE27-70
PUB_THISAssociation for Bahá'í Studies North America
CITY_THISOttawa, ON
ABSTRACTA Bahá'í perspective on the loss of a transcendent ethical basis as a central problem of modern social theory; religion is the source of society’s moral foundations and its organizing principles of order, law, and governance.
NOTES See also journal.bahaistudies.ca/online/article/view/448.
TAGS- Philosophy; Sociology
 
CONTENT
About: This article (part 1 of 2) explores, from a Bahá'í perspective, the loss of a transcendent ethical basis as a central problem of modern social theory. It discusses religion as the source of society’s moral foundations and its organizing principles of order, law, and governance. Through an analysis of John Locke’s writings on religion and government, the foundations of the concept of civil society are traced to the idea of covenant as embedded in the natural law tradition. Civil society and theocracy are compared, and the implications of dissent and divisive conflict in a consent-based theory of religious toleration are discussed. The article concludes with the collapse, in modernity, of the religious foundations and the disintegration of the classical concept of civil society.
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