In Western public discourse there is a long tradition of opposing secular and religious values. In consequence, religion has been increasingly excluded from the public domain and relegated to the realm of personal motivation. From different perspectives, the present collection of essays shows that religion still has an important role to play in the public domain. In exploring the possibility of a rapprochement between religious and secular values, the contributions to this volume offer important insights for ongoing debates on the question whether Western, and particularly European, democracies have entered a "postsecular" phase.
Christoph Jedan is Associate Professor of Ethics in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen.