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The Law of God: Exploring God and Civilization by Pieter Vos, Onno Zijlstra

By Pieter Vos, Onno Zijlstra

In at the present time s society, a favorable relation among God and civilization is on no account self-evident. non secular believers who are looking to stay their lives according to the legislations of God are usually thought of a risk to civilization. To many, monotheistic faith is inherently repressive and violent. The important objective of this quantity is to think about either God and civilization in a extra open, space-giving manner. God is obvious because the one that prevents guy from making an absolute declare for a relative fact, together with one's faith and tradition. The multifaceted kinfolk among God and civilization are explored from systematic-theological, missiological, philosophical and moral perspectives."

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The way this mix is constructed differs from one country to another. In France, with its system of laïcité, more stress is laid on the ‘independent political ethic’ strategy, whereas in England, with the strong role granted to the Anglican Church, the state creates more space for religious communities in the public debate. The Netherlands has traditionally had a model that verges toward that of overlapping consensus. Recently, however, the representation of the ideal public space as empty of intermediate organizations of citizens and the ensuing erosion of the tolerance of different/deviant behavior is increasingly influential.

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