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“How to Be Secular serves as an important reminder that, as I have noted in the past, we protect our rights to our personal beliefs by preserving the rights of our neighbors to believe otherwise. I agree wholeheartedly with Berlinerblau’s argument and highly recommend this powerful book.”
—Mario M. Cuomo, Former New York State Governor
“As someone whose faith is an important part of his life, I highly recommend this book and Berlinblau’s defense of religious freedom. With great insight and clarity, he explains why it is important to protect and preserve secularism as a philosophy and he then lays out a twelve step program to revive it.”
—Ambassador Dennis Ross, Counselor to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and former U.S. peace envoy to the Middle East
“In this new look at church-state relations in America, Berlinerblau manages to be serious and sprightly in equal measure. This is a call to reject extremism of any sort and return to the American genius for accommodation of our differences—even, indeed especially, our differences over the role of religion in our public life.”
—Elliot Abrams, former Deputy National Security Advisor
“This book brought tears to my secular Jewish eyes, it was so good. Berlinerbau is not just an astonishing secular thinker; he knows how to turn a phrase, and he knows how to keep the pages turning. Now put that down that tefillin and read it!”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story, among others
“As the nasty strife has heated up between religious leaders who intrude their particular values into public life on the one side and noisy atheists who insist that religiously-inspired voices should be banned from the public square on the other, I have looked for a book that sorts all this out in a reasonable and convincing manner. This is that book. Well-informed, even handed and crafted in a readable, engaging style, it shines a clear light into the murkiness.”
—Harvey Cox, professor of divinity at Harvard and author of The Future of Faith
“This insightful book is not designed to convince you of the non-existence of God or the afterlife; it exists to convince both the non-theistic and the religious that if we don't find a way to work together, we will all pay a heavy price. Berlinerblau makes a compelling, urgent case, with rigorous regard to history as well as a keen eye for the relevance of today's many new variations of fundamentalism.”
—Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
“Jacques Berlinerblau mounts a careful, judicious, and compelling argument that America needs more secularists—not only among nonbelievers but among believers as well. The author’s argument merits a wide hearing and will change the way we think and talk about religious freedom.”
—Randall Balmer, author of Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts Faith and Threatens America, among others
“Passionately arguing secularism as essential for observance of the First Amendment’s religion clauses, Berlinerblau eloquently divorces it from absolute separation and atheism, traces its history, emphasizing the mid-twentieth-century period of its greatest influence and the expansion of civil rights that abetted, and advocates its revival.”
“Berlinerblau offers a solid history of secularism in America and a defense of its virtues at a time when conservative Christians attack it as a moral evil and advance the 'flawed' idea that one cannot be both religious and secular...An impassioned argument for 'a firm and dignified defense of the imperiled secularish virtues and moderation, toleration, and self-criticism.'”
“Berlinerblau succeeds in making concrete the current threats to secularism and offers a reasoned blueprint for an organized secular movement to regain its political power.”
JACQUES BERLINERBLAU, professor at Georgetown University and director of the Program for Jewish Civilization, is the author of four books. He has appeared on radio, television, and print, including NPR, CNN, Al-Jazeera, The Economist, The Jerusalem Post, U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post. He is the host of the webcast "Faith Complex," which appears on The Huffington Post and elsewhere.
This is an extremely thoughtful book and the argument is carefully composed and supported.
Of necessity there will always be areas at which religion and government interact; these interactions should be governed by the principle of the level playing field.
Mr. Berlinerblau contends that the so-called 'New Atheist' movement, with its stridently anti-religious rhetoric, has sullied the secularist brand.
This is a thoughtful book on relationships among secularism, atheism, and religion. It made me rethink my position on being secular.Published 9 months ago by James S
This book is a wise balanced call against intolerance and extremism- whether of religious believers or non- believers. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Shalom Freedman
I thoroughly enjoyed this book getting to know the history and challenges of being a secularist. The word secular is poorly defined by most in large part due to the effort to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very helpful to understanding the threat of radical evangelicalism to religious pluralism, i.e., freedom of and from religion, in America. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Consultant
This should be required readng for all Secular Humanists. Very informative. Actually more than "how to". Mr. Berlinerblau describes how to be a positive activist.Published 20 months ago by G. E. Branthaver
First off all, this is NOT a book about being atheist or anti-religious. It will not discourage you from your belief nor will it even suggest that belief is unhealthy. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kristine Lofgren
I struggled for almost two months, about making this statement about HOW TO BE SECULAR, by Jacques Berlinerblau. I've reread parts of the book repeatedly, and made extensive notes. Read morePublished on November 14, 2012 by W. T. Hoffman
The title of the book is "How to be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom". Unfortunately the only call you hear in the book is to surrender to the Revivalists' arguments... Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by physics lover
In today's political discourse, "secularism" seems tied to "socialism," "atheism," and "you're going to 'el-ism. Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by R S Cobblestone