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Great for the choir bad for the scholar
on February 16, 2002
This book is a hard book to write a review about mostly because the book itself is in dire need of an editor to help the author organize his thoughts and have them flow in a logical though pattern. The books presentation of information is very disordered however, it becomes crystal clear after only a few chapters that rather than being a scholarly critique this book is a vitriolic attack against Judeo-Christian values and their perspective religions. I for one was hoping for a book that showed factual presentations and coherent argument either for or against the separation of church and state instead I got an opine of the author. While this book may appease `the choir' it does nothing for those who are seeking intelligent discourse in a prickly argument.
I brought this book because I was interested in Mr. Boston's interpretation of Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists where he penned the metaphor "separation of church and state". Although the book, whose title suggest this would be the main issue, does touch on the subject it is definitely one that the author has much interest in writing about. Yes Mr. Boston gives you a brief background, one that seems to be lacking in historicity of the event, and then Mr. Boston gives you his interpretations of the letters but he never provides you with the original letters. I wondered why a book whose main thesis is built up on "the separation of church and state" never reproduced the famous documents? It wasn't until I looked them up myself and read them in the original form that the context became crystal clear.
The main reason Mr. Boston dare not include them in his book is that the original letters destroy Mr. Boston's interpretation and therefore his credibility.
I suggest that anyone who has been duped by this carefully laid out propaganda, and many have just look at the reviews, they need to go back and reread the letters in question.