Annotated Bibliography


Audi,R. (2011). Democraticauthority and the separation of church and state.Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Audiargues that democratic states should safeguard individuals’ libertyand accommodate religious freedom for all. The author provides astate-church separation which necessitates governments both tosustain religious neutrality and evade the establishment of areligion. The book is rich in principles important in enablingsecular states safeguard liberty in a manner that astutely separatesthe two entities.

Black,A. (2010). Religion and politics in western and Islamic politicalthought: A clash of epistemologies? PoliticalQuarterly81(1): 116-122.

Theauthor puts forth that the views of western viewers and Muslimsregarding religion and state are different. According to westerners,politics and religion are two separate entities. On the other hand,Muslims believes the two bodies should be synchronized. In a numberof Islamic societies, efforts to separate the two have not succeeded.

Bonney,N. (2010). The Monarchy, the state and religion: Modernising therelationships. PoliticalQuarterly81(2): 199-204.

Inhis article, Bonney argues that the monarch should not be involved inreligious responsibilities. Considering that not all people inEngland identify themselves as Anglicans, withdrawing from,respecting and supporting other religious beliefs is paramount. InScotland, dis-establishing the Church of England indicates a move toseparate church and state.

Chemerinsky,E. (2008).Why church and state should be separate. William&amp Mary Law Review49(6): 2193-2215.

Inthe article, Chemerinsky provides a comprehensive analysis of whychurch and state should be separated. The author argues that it isimportant in order to prevent the state from coercing individualsfollow specific religious beliefs while protecting religion ingeneral. Chemerinsky is against the use of religious symbols such asthe cross in government premises.

Perlin,J. (2011). Religion as a conversation starter: What liberal religiouspolitical advocates add to the debate about religion`s place in legaland political discourse. GeorgetownLaw Journal100 (1): 331-365.

Perlin’sarticle highlights the issue of separating church and state. He putsforth a number of questions concerning whether a government agentshould make decisions on the basis of religious beliefs. The authorargues that state decisions should not be made based on a particularreligion.

PumZa, M. (2011). Separation of church and state: A case study ofMyanmar (Burma). AsiaJournal of Theology25(1): 42-58.

PumZa talks about Myanmar church, which, in spite of the amplifiedmilitary actions of persecution, infringement of human rights, andoppression of the Myanmar citizens, it has remained voiceless. Thishas been attributed by the suppression of the church by state, due tothe issue of separation. Pum Za affirms that the church should goagainst the state if such cases are evidenced.