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Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America Hardcover – September, 1984


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (September 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802835880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802835888
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RCB Catholic on February 2, 2012
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Original heavy hitting book written in the early 80's, that had a huge impact, a bit dated. However, it is neither light nor medium reading.

Heavier reading than I would like on this subject(which I am loathe and rare to say), because he spends pages going into philosophical nuance, explaining detail upon detail before moving the subject along. Also many pages are used either refuting statements or in support of those prominent on the scene of the 80's-both politically and philosophically. More suited to someone with a degree in philosophy who would like a book that stays deep and doesnt mind its era punctuated retorts and supports. For todays reader I would suggest searching for a more up to date, lighter reading on the topic.

And speaking of more up to date books topical to our day:
Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics
by Ross Douthat, "The Naked Public Square" of our time.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Anderson on September 10, 2005
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This book put my faith to the test: Can I be in the world, but not of it? Neuhaus' "naked public square" refers to the public spaces in American life, which are naked or empty because religion and religious values have been systematically excluded from the public arena and from determination of public policy. This book should be given to every politician-does anyone have a few hundred thousand dollars so we can do that? Get the book and learn how you can clothe the naked public square.
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34 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Méndez on June 10, 2004
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John Richard Neuhaus is one of the leading intellectuals in the United States today, specially concerning issues of religion and state. The argument he makes in this book is the one he has been defending since the 90's in the journal he edits, First Things. This argument has become the mainstream in the agenda of the neoconservative movement and the Republican Party, as much as it has been adopted by the religious right.
That argument can be synthesized as it follows: the secular state has pushed religion out of the public square, depraving it of the only element capable of giving meaning and morality to what he calls "the American experiment". While the founders of the nation were for this separation between religion and politics, Neuhaus contends, they also expected that government role was limited, and that religion itself could work to provide that sense of morality (or what is called the "republican virtue"). But since the state has grown and invaded spheres where it had no jurisdiction initially (like education or courts), to promote a secular view of morality - which Neuhaus claims is incompatible with the will of most of the American people-, it is necessary to rethink the state of things concerning the debate of Church and State in the US. This new "civic religion" based on pure secular principles not only goes against the will of the people, not also is an attempt to purge religions from the public square (living it "naked"), but at the end will push the state to become totalitarian (since Neuhaus claims that the essence of totalitarism, resides in the absolute power of the state, which is the result of removing religion out of the competing powers in a society, and creating a government based on pure utilitarian reason, without the support of transcendent based morality).
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