This chapter examines a problem and a promise for religious liberty discourse. The problem lies in challenges to the claim that religious liberty should be afforded special concern. The chapter argues that this problem is rooted in a liberal political imaginary: a vision of the relationship between civil authority, individuals, and groups, in which the task of such authority is to secure personal autonomy. Such an imaginary particularly impacts on the liberty of association. In contrast, the chapter points to a more promising vision of religious liberty: a theopolitical imaginary. Here, religious liberty concerns a particular religious end: the free creation of communities of solidarity, fraternity and charity seeking the truth about God. Civil authority is understood as coordinating and encouraging such communities in a shared quest. The chapter then discusses how this vision, although rooted in Christian tradition, offers greater space for plural faiths and associations than the liberal tradition.
|Title of host publication||Freedom of religion or belief|
|Subtitle of host publication||creating the constitutional space for fundamental freedoms|
|Editors||Paul T. Babie, Neville G. Rochow, Brett G. Scharffs|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, USA|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|