Religion or Worldview: Enhancing Dialogue in the Public Square

Discussions involving religion’s place today in politics, the academy, the media, even in shaping public policy, in essence the public square, is not without its controversy, misunderstandings and challenges. At what point, however, does use of the term religion become counter-productive or serve to...

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Published in:Marburg Journal of Religion (Band 14)
Main Author: Valk, John
Format: Journal Articles
Language:English
Published: 2009
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Summary:Discussions involving religion’s place today in politics, the academy, the media, even in shaping public policy, in essence the public square, is not without its controversy, misunderstandings and challenges. At what point, however, does use of the term religion become counter-productive or serve to impede that discussion. At what point does its use limit our understanding of the variety of other beliefs and values equally at play in the public square? Might a more inclusive term, implemented at certain times and in certain situations, be more helpful in understanding the variety of beliefs, values and principles operating in the public square? This paper suggests that use of the term worldview, rather than exclusively religion, might enhance dialogue, broaden the discussion and expand the parameters to create a more level playing field, and to examine other perspectives which contrast or compete with religion in the public square.
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/mjr.2009.14.3468