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Article in Response to Controversy

Abstract

In our generation, the crisis of democracy is embodied in the conflict between those who view the U.S. as a Christian republic to be governed according to (their interpretation of) the Bible and those who view the United States as a purely secular state, neutral on moral questions and the general nature of a good life. The hope is that, despite these radically different and incommensurable visions of the good, society can be held together by a thin consensus on procedures combined with public neutrality on the nature of the Good (Rawls, 1971/1999).

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