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Challenges to Religious Liberty in the Twenty-First Century 1st Edition

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"This is a remarkable set of essays, deftly designed: each essay does deliver something distinctive; each one offers a clear account of the field, or that part of the problem that it is marking off for a concentrated inquiry. Each one delivers news-it alerts even the professional reader to things he might not have known, articles or books he might not have seen, and connections that might not have struck him while he was awaiting epiphanies on his own. And each one, in its own way, has some sober, sound judgments to register on different parts of the problem of religion, the law and politics. Gerard Bradley has assembled an all-star ensemble of writers and teachers, older and younger, all bringing the experience of reflection matured over many years on the vexing issues of revelation and reason, religion and the law." - Hadley Arkes, Amherst College

"With religious freedom facing new threats from many directions, this collection of essays comes at an opportune moment. Its ten essays by distinguished experts are packed with fresh insights into the principal challenges at home and abroad." - Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University

"This splendid collection of essays could not be more timely. At home and abroad, important religious freedoms are in jeopardy. In some cases, the threats are from aggressive forms of secularism; in others, they are from theocratic forces. So now is the time for careful, critical, sober reflection on the nature and proper scope of religious liberty and how to protect it. In Challenges to Religious Liberty in the 21st Century, Gerard V. Bradley-himself an eminent theorist of religious freedom-brings together some of our nation's most gifted political philosophers and constitutional law scholars to offer such reflection." - Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

"A stimulating, accessible, and valuable volume on some of the increasingly important questions surrounding religious freedom." - John Keown, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

"Religious freedom is still a fundamental cornerstone of civilization. Some treatments of this subject excel in the depth of their legal awareness, judicial casuistry, and historical sophistication. Others excel in breadth of understanding about the world at large. This fine book does both. Its patient, searching, grounded, and exceedingly well informed chapters reach an unusually high level of legal, historical, and moral reasoning on a subject as historically significant as it is globally relevant." - Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame; co-editor, Religion and American Politics

Book Description

Almost everyone today affirms and applauds "religious liberty." But different and sometimes irreconcilable conceptions of religious liberty have emerged in our world, often as responses to specific challenges (for example, globalization or Islamic immigration). In this book, scholars in law, theology, and political theory exchange views on five specific challenges to religious liberty in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107012449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107012448
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book contains insightful and important essays from leading constitutional scholars and political theorists on one of the most crucial issues of our day. And - contrary to the claims of a prior reviewer, who clearly did not even look at the table of contents, much less read the book - it includes a variety of viewpoints, not just "conservative" ones (though I am not sure when protecting religious liberty became a "conservative" concern). It is a must read for anyone who wants to delve deeply into this pressing and timely issue.
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Potential readers of this book should note that it emerges out of the quite cultic Witherspoon Institute, a place engaged in some of the most brazen attempts at cultic high- reasoning around. Naturally, for an edited volume, the first essay sets the stage for the rest. In that essay we find the quite historically unsupportable notion that the incredibly diverse efforts to have some governmental influence over the church can be summed up as "Erastian". This is a very convenient straw man, but who would believe it?? We are to believe that the many derivations and evolutions, to say nothing of the petty self-serving philosophies of myriad rulers with "cuius regio, eius religio, on their minds, were somehow following a program consistent enough to be called "Erastian"?? Please. Leave aside that it is massively unfair to Erasmus!! It is the sort of convenience that careening reactionary minds are given to. When at most, the "Erastian" influence was a very vague and thus easily admixed with personal pique of rulers and diverse styles. Further, it is complicated by the fact that even where a quite "Erastian" sense is more specifically identifiable, as in Joseph II's dramatic reforms, it is actually more of a specific Febronian current. But this specific case also shows the dramatic falsity of using this "Erastian" straw man as they do. For, in fact, in that environment of Joseph II there was a very deep Catholic piety enforced, which was quite practically at odds with the meaning of "Erastian" reactionaries favor as a sop.

But even worse is their flat-footed use of this inapplicable "Erastian' notion to a discussion of the the early American experience.
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