Fundamentalism, Spirituality, and Church-State Relations in the United States
MULTICULTURALISMS: DIFFERENT MEANINGS AND PERSPECTIVES OF MULTICULTURALISM IS A GLOBAL WORLD, Barbara Pozzo ed., Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2008
24 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2008
Date Written: June 26, 2008
The American constitutional doctrine of church and state deals with three classic problems of church-state relations: the problem of religious exemption or accommodation, the problem of government subsidy of religion in the social welfare state, and the problem of civil religion. Each of these problems can be understood as the consequence of a tension or competition between two opposing conceptions of religious belief, spirituality and fundamentalism. The resolution of problems of church-state relations in the United States reflects a preference for spirituality and, in case of civil religion, a distaste for fundamentalism. The relative attractiveness of spirituality in American church-state doctrine is the residue of postmodernism, and is evident in Europe as well.
Keywords: fundmantalism, spirituality, church-state, free exercise, establishment, postmodernism, religion
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