The Religious Foundations of Civil Society

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Heller, W. “The Religious Foundations of Civil Society: (Part 2)”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 10, no. 3-4, Sept. 2000, pp. 25-55, doi:10.31581/jbs-10.3-4.450(2000).


This article (part 2 of 2) explores, from a Bahá’í perspective, the loss of a transcendent ethical basis as a central problem of modern social theory. It discusses religion as the source of society’s moral foundations and its organizing principles of order, law, and governance. Implications are drawn for the potential of religion’s most enduring core concept, that of covenant, to provide the unifying foundation for a just, caring, and tolerant global social order.
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