Reading Our Times

Reading Our Times

Can liberalism ever ‘get’ religion? In conversation with Cécile Laborde

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Liberalism and religion have had an intimate and sometimes tempestuous relationship over the years. In recent decades, a number of people have claimed that liberal political theory doesn’t really understand religion, and that religion in liberal societies suffers as a consequence.

'Liberalism’s Religion', an award-winning book by Cécile Laborde, Nuffield Chair of Political Theory at the University of Oxford, explores the way in which liberalism conceives of and deals with religion, and argues that the dominant ‘liberal–egalitarian’ approach toward religion is misguided and in need of revision.

Learn more about the people and ideas behind the episode

Liberalism’s Religion — Cécile Laborde | Harvard University Press

Cécile Laborde – Nuffield College Oxford University


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Reading Our Times is the podcast that explores the books and the ideas that are shaping us today. It is hosted by Nick Spencer, Senior Fellow at the think tank, Theos.

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