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Politics of Religious Freedom$
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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, and Saba Mahmood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226248479

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.001.0001

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On the Freedom of the Concepts of Religion and Belief

On the Freedom of the Concepts of Religion and Belief

(p.29) Chapter Two On the Freedom of the Concepts of Religion and Belief
Politics of Religious Freedom

Yvonne Sherwood

University of Chicago Press

Bringing together the frontispiece to Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopédie with recent religion or belief legislation in England and Wales, this essay displays the always unstable tension between the modern secular settlement and an always shifting set of players representing the ongoing threat to that settlement, alternatively configured as theology, religion, or belief. “Belief” paradoxically figures in this uneasy settlement both as radically free, emblematic of a free people and as always threatening to a contained, domesticated democratic freedom.

Keywords:   religion or belief, belief, United Kingdom, enlightenment, equality regulation

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