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Faithful to SecularismThe Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines$
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David T. Buckley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231180061

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231180061.001.0001

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Secular Evolution in Ireland

Secular Evolution in Ireland

Religion and Post-Catholic Politics

(p.62) 3. Secular Evolution in Ireland
Faithful to Secularism

David T. Buckley

Columbia University Press

How has Irish benevolent secularism withstood challenges brought on by rapid decline in Catholic influence over the past quarter century? This chapter documents the role of religious-secular and interfaith partnerships in steering institutional change in Ireland during this period. Benevolent secularism has evolved without changing into a more assertive form of secularism. The chapter traces secular evolution in areas like education policy and accommodating the growing Muslim minority. It traces elite alliances through field interviews, and then documents similar consensus in public opinion data.

Keywords:   Ireland, New Ireland Forum, Muslim Minority, Patronage Reform, Atheism, Catholic Church

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