Religion and Politics—Help a Friend
Some of you may know my friend Craig Martin. Craig recently posted this on his facebook page and asked whether I might share it here too so he could get some additional feedback:
For those of you who know about my work, I’m revising my dissertation and looking for a publisher. The book is basically a study of liberal political theory or liberal political philosophy. I show that the language and concepts liberals use (“religion and politics” or “separation of church and state”) to understand the relationship between “religious” institutions and “state” institutions is about as sophisticated as using the language of the four humours to talk about what’s in our bodies. I argue that the use of such language for progressive political politics (i.e., “don’t impose your religious values on me”) may actually be counterproductive in some cases.
My book proposal was rejected by the first round of publishers I sent it to, so I’m revising it and sending it out for a second round. I think part of the problem is how tedious my proposed title was. I’ve come up with a number of possible variations, and I’d love for you to let me know which is most interesting or least tedious, or to make your own suggestions.
Public/Private Borders and Other Myths
Religion and Politics
Religion and Politics and Other Myths
Separation of Church and State and Other Myths:
A Discourse Analysis of Liberal Rhetoric on Religion
A Genealogy of Liberal Rhetoric on Religion
A Genealogy of Liberal Discourses on Religion
A Marxist Critique of Liberal Rhetoric on Religion
A Marxist Critique of Liberal Discourses on Religion
Place any votes or suggestions in the comments; Craig follows this blog so he’ll see them.