chapter  6
Living with Pluralism: Public Faith and Human Rights
Pages 18

It is commonplace to imagine that the foundations of modern democratic states owe their shaping to modernity itself; that without continental revolutions, industrialisation and the Enlightenment, many people would still be living under feudal regimes or carefully ordered hierarchies of aristocracy. Yet the shaping of states and the emergence of democracy is often a tortuous and evolving process. One might say that overlapping canopies – constructions of realities – are elided with underlying foundations, in which religion can play an intricate and delicate role. Monarchies can live side by side with democracies, and both can claim divine sanction.