'The Secular Outlook: In Defense of Moral and Political Secularism' shows how people can live together and overcome the challenge of religious terrorism by adopting a 'secular outlook' on life and politics. Shows how secularism can answer the problem of religious terrorism Provides new perspectives on how religious minorities can be integrated into liberal democracies Reveals how secularism has gained a new political and moral significance. Also examines such topics as atheism, religious criticism and free speech Instead of the move towards secularization predicted by many social thinkers, the closing decades of the twentieth century witnessed a major upsurge in religion - followed by a resurgence of religious fanaticism and global religious terrorism. Was the 'secularization thesis' really such a dismal failure? And, perhaps more importantly, how should we react to the spiritual and ideological challenges that radical religious movements pose to Western liberal democracies? Using a variety of thought-provoking arguments, 'The Secular' 'Outlook: ' 'In Defense of' 'Moral and' 'Political' 'Secularism' argues for a 'secular outlook' on society and politics to meet the challenges of religious extremism in the twenty-first century. Unlike the highly polemical writings of authors such as Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, philosopher Paul Cliteur does not vociferously defend atheism - but neither does he defend theism. Instead, he reveals how religious believers and non-believers can live together peacefully by pointing to principles that the state should use to stimulate its citizenry to achieve social harmony and social cohesion. With chapters on atheism, religious criticism, free speech, and moral secularism, Cliteur offers a perspective that is in the interest of all citizens of multireligious and liberal democracies. Timely and stimulating, 'The Secular Outlook' offers a surprisingly optimistic view on the social and political challenges we face in the increasingly complex contemporary world.