The Global Public Square : Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity
Overview - Logos Bookstores' 2014 Best Book in Christianity and Culture How do we live with our deepest differences? In a world torn by religious conflict, the threats to human dignity are terrifyingly real. Some societies face harsh government repression and brutal sectarian violence, while others are divided by bitter conflicts over religion's place in public life. Read more...
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Logos Bookstores' 2014 Best Book in Christianity and Culture How do we live with our deepest differences? In a world torn by religious conflict, the threats to human dignity are terrifyingly real. Some societies face harsh government repression and brutal sectarian violence, while others are divided by bitter conflicts over religion's place in public life. Is there any hope for living together peacefully? Os Guinness argues that the way forward for the world lies in promoting freedom of religion and belief for people of all faiths and none. He sets out a vision of a civil and cosmopolitan global public square, and how it can be established by championing the freedom of the soul the inviolable freedom of thought, conscience and religion. In particular he calls for leadership that has the courage to act on behalf of the common good. Far from utopian, this constructive vision charts a course for the future of the world. Soul freedom is not only a shining ideal but a dire necessity and an eminently practical solution to the predicaments of our time. We can indeed maximize freedom and justice and learn to negotiate deep differences in public life. For a world desperate for hope at a critical juncture of human history, here is a way forward, for the good of all."
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The author, social critic, and Christian apologist has written a book about freedom of religion, which he believes is in grave danger due to Islamic extremists and aggressive atheists. Of the two, Guinness is far more concerned with what he sees as a “belligerent intolerance” toward religion among liberal secularists and atheists. He proposes the term “soul freedom” to combat this movement. The term is a riff on “soul liberty,” Roger Williams’s turn of phrase, and Guinness uses it to propound his belief that governments should allow freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. Much of this book is a paean to Western Enlightenment ideas and a lament that these ideals are now being challenged. Guinness betrays his political leanings in calling Obama’s healthcare law requiring some employers to cover contraception a “deliberate, flagrant violation of freedom of conscience.” Mixing history, public policy, and current affairs, this thesis may have been more cogently articulated in a magazine-length article, but evangelicals and others may appreciate its passionate plea for a civil public square that privileges Judeo-Christian adherents and Western constitutional law. (Sept.)