English title: Do the Promises of Religion to Democracy Still Hold

Author(s): Corwin E. Smidt -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013


The long tradition of theoretical and empirical scholarship on democracy suggests a modest hypothesis: that religion typically serves to sustain and undergird democratic life across most, but not necessarily all, cultural contexts. Data from several recent national and multi-national surveys confirm that in most cases religion does hold promise for democracy, as it contributes to the development of citizens who exhibit qualities required of members of a democratic society, through: generating greater public engagement, creating a concern for the greater good, developing important civic capacities, and fostering democratic values and virtues.

Volume: 11

Issue: 3

From page no: 20

To page no: 39

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/15570274.2013.829991

Journal: The Review of Faith & International Affairs

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