"A notable feature of the book is this virtuosic bringing together of many writers linked via theoretical concerns about religion and politics... It achieves a synthesis, a new domain of interchange among writers who normally till their gardens in fenced off fields."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"In this lively and wide-ranging book, Perry... addresses some of the most thorny and difficult problems concerning religion and public life in modern liberal democracies... Highly recommended."--CHOICE
"This elegant and tightly-reasoned tract offers a striking new reading of John Locke's theories of church and state, religion and politics, conscience and command. Though Locke is often seen solely as a secular prophet of modern liberalism, Perry shows that he is also a subtle political theologian who saw the need to harmonize our spiritual and temporal loyalties in public and private life. If Perry is right on Locke, our conventional constitutional histories and political theories will need ample revision, and Perry shows us the way."--John Witte, Jr., Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University
"Have you ever wondered whether it's possible for a liberal democratic state to accommodate all the diverse loyalties of its citizens, especially all their diverse religious loyalties? If so, then this is the book for you. In a fresh reading of the entirety of John Locke's writings on toleration, Perry shows how Locke moved from an anti-toleration position to the view that almost all religious loyalties should be tolerated and can be tolerated if we establish 'just bounds' between religion and a government. Skillfully negotiating the vast literature on this topic, Perry argues that no liberal theorist has ever succeeded in formulating these just bounds, and that it's a mistake to think in terms of a boundary between a neutral state and the loyalties of the citizens. He concludes by asking, 'What then?' Altogether an illuminating, thoroughly informed, compelling and bracing argument."--Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University
About the Author
is McDonald Fellow for Christian Ethics and Public Life at the University of Oxford. He has degrees in Theology and Political Science, including a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He has published articles in the Journal of Religious Ethics, Scottish Journal of Theology, Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics, Christian Bioethics
, and elsewhere.