"This is a powerful, learned, eloquent and wonderfully accessible account of the multi-layered and intractable tensions between religion's commitment to doctrinal truths and the liberal state's commitment to a non theistic--which does not necessarily mean anti-theistic--political order. Professor Horwitz takes the reader on a tour of the scholarship and the issues as he makes his way through the minefield of the establishment and free exercise clauses with ease, good humor, and an infectious spirit of optimism."
Davidson-Kahn Professor of Law and Humanities at Florida International University
"Taking truth (and therefore doubt) seriously-that's the central theme of this engaging book. In the midst of religious pluralism, a few scholars say our law of religious freedom must be based on what we believe to be true; more often, judges and scholars insist that our law must be detached from or 'neutral' toward religious truth. Professor Horwitz analyzes the problems with both positions. He proposes an alternative strategy which recognizes that we must act on what we believe to be true but that all our truths are profoundly contestable--and contested. This is a lively, insightful, and provocative book."
--Steven D. Smith, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego
"The confident predictions of religion's decline and disappearance have proved badly misguided. It is true today, as it always has been, that religious faith, commitments, authority, and activism matter to people, to communities, and therefore to the law. In this thoughtful, engaging book, Prof. Horwitz proposes that our law and politics should appreciate religion's importance and distinctiveness and take its truth-claims seriously. As he explains, a secular government that is appropriately agnostic toward these claims nevertheless may and should cherish and protect religious freedom."
--Richard W. Garnett
Professor of Law and Associate Dean
Notre Dame Law School
"Drawing on a combination of legal, cultural, and literary scholarship...The Agnostic Age is an accessible and timely book for readers interested in the connections between pluralism,
religion, and liberal democracy."
--Harvard Law Review
About the Author
Paul Horwitz is the Gordon Rosen Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. He has taught at the University of Iowa, Notre Dame Law School, and the University of San Diego, among other places, and has spoken at some of the nation's leading law schools. He is widely published in the field of constitutional law and the First Amendment, and he has written extensively on law and religion. He is also a blogger at the popular legal blog Prawfsblawg. He is a lawyer in both Canada and the United States, a former editor-in-chief of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, and a former law clerk for a federal appeals judge.