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Feldman, a law professor at New York University, delivers a timely book that attempts to move the discussion past rhetoric, by a careful examination of the history of church-state separation. The book's lively, conversational writing makes for a fascinating journey, starting with a precise analysis of exactly why our founding fathers debated and finally agreed to formally separate church and state, and then tracking the tests and challenges that separation has stood over the last two centuries. Perhaps the most refreshing current throughout is Feldman's lack of partisan bias, and his respect and understanding of the values, fears and goals that successive generations have brought to all sides of this never-ending debate.
It is that lack of partisanship that makes his conclusion all the more powerful -- a call to move beyond a battlefield where the secular and religious forces aggressively pursue their own mutually exclusive goals, and instead to seek a deeper understanding of what values we all hold in common, and to recognize the importance of engaging in constructive debate in order to find and define that commonality together. --Ed Dobeas
A great book that details the fact that details how we have always as a nation had to deal with crises dealing with religious groups with great political and social clout trying to... Read morePublished 6 days ago by katvilani
clearly written well researched a must read for anyone wanting a better usa and a more peaceful planet. pluralism par excellence.Published 5 months ago by AMA
Extremely well written and well conceptualized book. Learned a lot about the contiual battle between religious freedom and goernment's relationshipn to religion.Published on August 22, 2013 by Louise B. Albin
This book has been valuable for my students in terms of providing historic background on the rise of secularism in the US. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by YCRAM
Now at Harvard Law, at the time he wrote this book Feldman taught law at New York University. He has emerged as one of the nation's leading experts on the relationship of church... Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by Rex M. Rogers
Divided by God: America's Church State Problem and What we Should Do About It by Noah Feldman.
The author writes about all the church/state issues since the beginning... Read more
Did you know the Constitution never mentions God, and it explicitly stops Congress from "establishing" a religion? Yet, the official motto of our country is "In God We Trust. Read morePublished on December 18, 2008 by John Petralia
In "Divided By God" Noah Feldman examines the church state issue from the problem of state, and colony, sponsored churches faced by the Founding Fathers, traces the history of... Read morePublished on December 26, 2007 by M. J. Keel