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Clash Of Orthodoxies: Law Religion & Morality In Crisis Paperback – November 1, 2002
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"Clash of Orthodoxies...is an excellent, scholarly presentation of the natural-law way of getting at hot issues such as abortion." -- World, March 23, 2002
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A remarkable thing about The Clash of Orthodoxies is its accessibility.Read more ›
In order to get the most out of this book, one should also read George's 'Making Men Moral,' a defense of the social conservative position (e.g., communities banning pornography). If one enjoys George's work, he should also check out other books published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). ISI is one of the leading organizations promoting conservative thought in academia. Their list of books is quite impressive.
To select one example from the numerous ones available in the book, Professor George's essay "The Concept of Public Morality" is a masterly clarification of an area that has become a terrible intellectual mess, a situation engendered by the reckless libertarianism of both the left and right. For instance, pornography is now an unavaidable part of our daily lives, and Professor George rightly contends that "where pornography flourishes, as it does in our own culture, it erodes important shared public understandings of sexuality and sexual morality on which the health of the institutions of marriage and family life in any culture vitally depend. This is a classic case in which the accumulation of apparently private choices of private parties has big public consequences." The stability (or what little stability is left) of what Professor George calls our "moral ecology" depends on the restoration of this kind of understanding in the place of the prevailing relativism that thwarts any serious reflection on the notion of public morality.Read more ›
Robert P. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, one of the most prestigious political science chairs in the country; he serves as director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, a dynamic new program centered at Princeton University and dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in constitutional studies and political thought; and he holds advanced degrees in law and legal theory from Harvard and Oxford. As one might expect, George's defense of traditional moral values evinces a high degree of philosophic sophistication, rivaling that of any moral theorist writing across the political spectrum today, and he is more than a match for liberal and leftist moral theorists such as John Rawls and Peter Singer.
Even so, no potential reader of this book should allow George's philosophic sophistication to give him pause. Indeed, the Clash of Orthodoxies manages simultaneously to communicate the essential core of the philosophic disputes at the center of the culture wars today and yet remain at a level easily accessible to the general reader and thoughtful non-specialist. Another virtue of George's books is its overarching fairness.Read more ›
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Professor George brings impressive academic credentials as well as basic common sense into the public debate over the Judeo Christian values that supported the founding and the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by blanche brick
This book is as insightful and prescient today as when first publishedPublished 23 months ago by Roger C
I bought this book after hearing Robert George speak at a meeting hosted by the late Charles Colson. "The Clash of Orthodoxies," by R P. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by Sue
"The Clash of Orthodoxies," by Robert P. George, covers a diverse set of topics from same-sex marriage, pornography, and homosexuality, to bioethics, religious values, and... Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Doug Erlandson
I have such a low opinion of Robert George's thinking at this point that I won't even attempt to comment objectively on it. Read morePublished on October 11, 2010 by Peter P. Fuchs
Academia is LIBERAL lets face it.
Brave man to even write and put the spotlight on the clash that exists againt Christian values in our American society (oh, and we are... Read more
No book should be more highly referenced or quoted in a world of political unrest. "When institutions have become associated with real people, those people have interests that... Read morePublished on March 12, 2010 by Eric A. Brasure