ABSTRACT

This concluding chapter summarizes the argument of the book and frames it as a contribution to ongoing conversations on the role of religion in liberal politics. Religion has always occupied an ambivalent spot in liberalism. This book has focused directly on the potential of religion to generate conflict and instability. However, its arguments suggest that a version of liberalism in which religion is given latitude to flourish may, in fact, be more stable than a rigidly secularist version of liberalism. This conclusion gives us reason to place hope in liberal institutions and to regard religious pluralism as a potential resource for political stability, rather than only a threat.