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Religion in American public life : living with our deepest differences /
Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Charles C. Haynes ; introduction by Martin E. Marty.
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New York : W.W. Norton, c2001.
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205 p.
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0393322068 (pbk.)
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New York : W.W. Norton, c2001.
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0393322068 (pbk.)
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At head of title: The American Assembly, Columbia University.
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4671644
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Azizah Y. al-Hibri is professor of law at the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond Jean Bethke Elshtain is Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School Charles C. Haynes is a senior scholar at The Freedom Forum
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2001-06-11:
At a time when we are bombarded with "reality" TV and Jerry Springer as models of civic engagement, and when conflicts are increasingly litigated rather than discussed, forums in which diverse Americans seek common purpose deserve special celebration. This book represents one such forum the background papers, final report and call to action of the American Assembly's second gathering, which was dedicated to the role of religion in American public life. For three days, leaders from many sectors and faith-based organizations worked together on policies and actions concerning religion's intersection with education, social services, the media and other arenas. And yet, as the book's subtitle suggests, this religiously diverse gathering did not achieve consensus on intractable matters of religion and conscience. Indeed, the assembly was not one of believers but of citizens, and rather than arriving at interfaith or ecumenical agreement, it provided a model nonviolent and mutually respectful of civic disagreement. For the late Catholic theologian John Courtney Murray, disagreement among citizens is not common at all but a hard-earned outcome of dialogue. Only when citizens find enough common ground to speak meaningfully to one another can they arrive at true disagreement. This book, and the three-day assembly of which it is the product, represents an invaluable framework for civic disagreement. That the disagreeing citizens are luminary thinkers makes this book a valuable part of the national conversation. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 2002-02-01:
This challenging, slim volume is a conversation on the role of religion in the life of America and Americans. The three main chapters originally served as background papers for the "Religion in American Public Life" conference sponsored by the American Assembly. Jean Bethke Elshtain reviews the political theory that has created the US as we know it. Her contribution is particularly interesting for its review of Tocqueville's observations of religion in the early republic. Azizah al-Hibri criticizes the separation of church and state. He provides ten proposals to bring a useful discussion of religion back to the public square. Charles Haynes examines the controversies that arise from the introduction of religion and religious topics into public education and presents proposals to help Americans reach a common ground on the role of religion. The book includes an insightful introduction by religion scholar Martin Marty and a series of proposals offered by Os Guinness designed to improve American public philosophy. While a general reader may be challenged by the discourse presented in the volume, there is much to recommend the book to policymakers as they discuss issues such as prayer in the schools and faith-based social services. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above. J. D. Rausch West Texas A&M University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2001-06-15:
Commissioned by the American Assembly of Columbia University to "help reverse some of the most difficult and divisive forces in our society," this new work tries to create a bridge between public life and religion. Contributors al-Hibri (law, Univ. of Richmond), Jean Bethke Elshtain (social and political ethics, Univ. of Chicago Divinity Sch.), and Charles C. Haynes (senior scholar, Freedom Forum First Amendment Ctr.) strive to stimulate discussion and provoke independent, insightful thinking by presenting representative essays on religious belief and American democracy, religion and technology, and religion and public policy. Thoughtfully introduced by Martin Marty, the book concludes with an equally dynamic piece by Os Guinness (Trinity Forum), who rightfully ruminates that while some might consider this "windy nonsense," the murderous 20th century makes such political and religious discourse the most urgent challenge of the modern world. Intellectual but timely, this work recommends itself to all manner of American studies, religion, and political science collections. Sandra Collins, Duquesne Univ. Lib., Pittsburgh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Booklist, June 2001
Kirkus Reviews, June 2001
Library Journal, June 2001
Publishers Weekly, June 2001
Los Angeles Times, September 2001
Choice, February 2002
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RAISE ANY number of public issues--health care, education, welfare--& religious beliefs inevitably shape Americans' viewpoints. On certain topics the introduction of religion can be explosive. This book discusses how we can & why we should hear religious voices in the public square. The American Assembly of Columbia University commissioned this volume as part of its Uniting America series.
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Raise Any number of public issues -- health care, education, welfare -- and religious beliefs inevitably shape Americans' viewpoints. On certain topics the introduction of religion can be explosive. This book discusses how we can and why we should hear religious voices in the public square.
Main Description
A thought-provoking discussion of the public andpolitical expression of America's diversereligious beliefs.
Main Description
Raise any number of public issues ”health care, education, welfare ”and religious beliefs inevitably shape Americans' viewpoints. On certain topics the introduction of religion can be explosive. This book discusses how we can and why we should hear religious voices in the public square. An American Assembly Book.
Main Description
Raise any number of public issues'”health care, education, welfare'”and religious beliefs inevitably shape Americans' viewpoints. On certain topics the introduction of religion can be explosive. This book discusses how we can and why we should hear religious voices in the public square. An American Assembly Book.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 9
Introduction: Faith Mattersp. 15
Faith of Our Fathers and Mothers: Religious Belief and American Democracyp. 39
Standing at the Precipice: Faith in the Age of Science and Technologyp. 62
From Battleground to Common Ground: Religion in the Public Square of 21st Century Americap. 96
A World Safe for Diversity: Religious Liberty and the Rebuilding of the Public Philosophy An Address to The American Assembly byp. 137
Bibliographyp. 153
A Charge from the Leadership Councilp. 155
Final Report of the Ninety-Sixth American Assemblyp. 159
Religion Assembly Leadership Councilp. 179
Uniting America Leadership Advisory Groupp. 181
About The American Assemblyp. 185
Indexp. 189
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