Author profile: Brendan Sweetman

Brendan Sweetman is Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Religion and Science: An Introduction (Continuum, 2010); The Vision of Gabriel Marcel: Epistemology, Human Person, the Transcendent (Rodopi Press, 2008); Why Politics Needs Religion: The Place of Religious Arguments in the Public Square (InterVarsity, 2006); Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 1992); A Gabriel Marcel Reader (St. Augustine’s Press, 2011); and, most recently, Philosophical Thinking and the Religious Context (Bloomsbury, 2013). He was consulting editor for the New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement: Ethics and Philosophy (Cengage Gage, 2013, four vols.). He has published more than a hundred articles and reviews in a variety of journals and collections.

Church, State and Culture: Should Religion Be a Private Matter?

Church, State and Culture: Should Religion Be a Private Matter?

Secular liberalism has become an influential, even dominant, worldview among sections of the intellectual class in many Western societies.

Secularism and Religion in Modern Democracies

Secularism and Religion in Modern Democracies

I want to draw attention to a key point that is frequently overlooked—that, in the context of modern pluralism, we must now regard secularism as one of those worldviews that plays a quite significant role in the direction and nature of the modern state. And, further, once we do this, our whole understanding of the role of religion in the modern state is transformed as well.

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