Resumen: In the liberal world, the states claim to be neutral about religions but, at the same time,
they grant them the right to a public presence. This book poses the question how the
varied public manifestations of religion, including their argumentative ability, can be
pacifically integrated into social and political life. The comeback of extreme ideologies,
which refer ¿ justly or illicitly ¿ to their religious basis as protagonists in the public
arena, makes us aware once again of the fact that religious tolerance must not go so far
as to foster the suppression of public order: it has its limit where limitless freedom is
used to destroy freedom for the sake of ideologies which are hostile to human dignity.
The first part of the book deals with the question in terms which are conceptually open
and which relate religion and politics with human action and history. The second part
analyses how political thought has conceived the relationship between religion and
politics by referring to certain milestones of philosophical-political thought.