The Concept of Multicultural Democracy: A Preliminary Christian-Philosophical Appraisal
Philosophia Reformata, Vol. 71, pp. 145-153, 2006
9 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2010
Date Written: 2006
This article consists of four sections. I will begin by setting out the concept of multicultural democracy, as advocated by the UNDP, in general. Next, I will specifically deal with the topic of church and state, which is both at the heart of this concept and traditionally of particular interest to Christian Philosophy. Section three looks at the Reformed contribution to the topic of church and state in religiously plural societies in the past. Finally, section four raises the question how the notion of pluriform democracy, as developed by Reformed thinkers and put into practice in the Netherlands during the better part of the twentieth century, relates to the concept of multicultural democracy.
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