Date of Award

8-1983

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. William Ritchie

Second Advisor

Dr. Ernest E. Rossi

Third Advisor

Dr. Alan C. Isaak

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The Moral Majority claims to be nonreligious but they are actually a very religious reaction against humanism and pluralism, fighting their battle from behind a facade of legitimate moral issues. Their reaction against humanism is due to their failure to distinguish properly between religion and morality. Their reaction against pluralism is a result of the fact that pluralism has been overextended and thus weakened, making it vulnerable to attack. In place of humanism and pluralism the Moral Majority advocates more freedom: freedom from government interference and freedom to solve social problems with "moral, spiritual" solutions.

The Moral Majority could make a positive contribution to American politics by reestablishing the relative pluralism of the founding Fathers and disestablishing the philosophy of absolute pluralism.

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