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Religious revival from Swedish standpoint

From: ralphellectual
Sent on: Thursday, December 18, 2008 1:44 PM
Axess, No. 1, 2008. Theme: A revival for religion
http://www.axess.se/english/2008/01/index.php.htm

Religious Dynamics
Werner G. Jeanrond

The Return of Religion
Roger Scruton

RELIGION AND PUBLIC REASON: A contemporary debate
Richard Wolin

INTERVIEW Axess flower The New Atheism
Ylva Herholz

EDITOR'S COLUMN Axess flower God?s Comeback
Johan Lundberg

Sweden is a much more secular society than ours, yet most of the contributors to this issue of this Swedish journal punk out on the question of religion.  This issue is a wasteland. The only article remotely worth reading is Richard Wolin's RELIGION AND PUBLIC REASON.

Wolin is the author of books on Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, critical theory, postmodernism, and this important book:

Wolin, Richard. The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism: From Nietzsche to Postmodernism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004. See publisher description & table of contents.

Wolin's article here is fairly milquetoasty by comparison: it is a defense of classical liberalism, which by itself is fine, except that the official neutrality of the state on matters of public reason does not guarantee the de facto neutrality of the conflicting powers exercised within society, as Wolin must know from his other work. Wolin has more going for him than did Rawls. Still, liberal theory is an ineliminable component of any emancipatory social theory.

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