Four Views of the Citadel: The Consequential Distinction between Secularity and Secularism

Religion & Human Rights, Vol. 6, 2011

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Brett G. Scharffs

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

In this article I want to suggest that there is an important, perhaps critical distinction between secularity and secularism -- in particlular, that one concept is a fundamental component of liberal pluralism and a bastion against religious extremism, and that the other is a misguided, even dangerous, ideology that may degenerate into its own dystopian fundamentalism. As a means of advancing this suggestion, I propose to view the distinction between secularity and secularism from four vantage points, each of which I will call a view of the citadel.

Keywords: religion, secularism, secularity, fundamentalism, religious freedom, laicite, pluralism

Suggested Citation

Scharffs, Brett G., Four Views of the Citadel: The Consequential Distinction between Secularity and Secularism (2011). Religion & Human Rights, Vol. 6, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2597800

Brett G. Scharffs (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School ( email )

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Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
United States

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