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A sophisticated and thoughtful book, which offers fresh insights on a central question of religious liberty. (Philip Hamburger, author of Separation of Church and State)
The Tragedy of Religious Freedom is a first-rate contribution to the law-and-religion conversation. This conversation--how to think about, and how to effectively protect in law, religious freedom in a constitutional democracy--is a lively and timely one, and DeGirolami is an impressive participant. (Richard W. Garnett, Notre Dame Law School)
DeGirolami's is a thoughtful and sophisticated meditation on the protean relationship between law and faith in a society committed to religious freedom. His intellectual and cultural influences are broad and rewarding; his style is rich and accessible; and his critique of both theoretical foundationalism and skepticism is profound and compelling. The Tragedy of Religious Freedom is an important book that will undoubtedly influence and enrich this discussion for years to come.
(Ian Bartrum Journal of Church and State 2013-09-01)
DeGirolami sharply criticizes the current state of legal theory regarding religious freedom in the U.S. and offers a solution he claims will cure many present ills. (M. D. Brewer Choice 2014-02-01)
One of the best recent books on constitutional law. (Adam J. White Weekly Standard 2014-05-07)
DeGirolami’s Tragedy is perhaps the single best exposition of ‘Burkean constitutionalism’ in decades…It is the most nuanced, thoughtful, and effective explanation of ‘Burkean’ jurisprudence in a generation, and it deserves the widest possible audience. (Adam J. White Commentary 2014-09-01)
Marc O. DeGirolami is Associate Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law.