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Can liberalism ever ‘get’ religion?

Can liberalism ever ‘get’ religion?

In the final episode of the series, Nick Spencer speaks to Cécile Laborde, author of the award–winning book ‘Liberalism’s Religion’. 15/12/2020

Liberalism and religion have had an intimate and sometimes tempestuous relationship over the years. In recent decades, a number of people have claimed that liberal political theory doesn’t really understand religion, and that religion in liberal societies suffers as a consequence.

‘Liberalism’s Religion’, an award winning book by Cécile Laborde, Nuffield Chair of Political Theory at the University of Oxford, explores the way in which liberalism conceives of and deals with religion, and argues that the dominant ‘liberal–egalitarian’ approach toward religion is misguided and in need of revision. 

Learn more about the people and ideas behind the episode

Liberalism’s Religion — Cécile Laborde | Harvard University Press

Cécile Laborde – Nuffield College Oxford University

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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, including Magisteria: the entangled histories of science and religion (Oneworld, 2023), The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is host of the podcast Reading Our Times.

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Posted 15 December 2020

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