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The Culture of Disbelief : How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion - Stephen L. Carter

The Culture of Disbelief

How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion

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Published: 1st September 1994
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"The Culture Of Disbelief" has been the subject of an enormous amount of media attention from the first moment it was published. Hugely successful in hardcover, the Anchor paperback is sure to find a large audience as the ever-increasing, enduring debate about the relationship of church and state in America continues. In "The Culture Of Disbelief," Stephen Carter explains how we can preserve the vital separation of church and state while embracing rather than trivializing the faith of millions of citizens or treating religious believers with disdain. What makes Carter's work so intriguing is that he uses liberal means to arrive at what are often considered conservative ends. Explaining how preserving a special role for religious communities can strengthen our democracy, "The Culture Of Disbelief" recovers the long tradition of liberal religious witness (for example, the antislavery, antisegregation, and Vietnam-era antiwar movements). Carter argues that the problem with the 1992 Republican convention was not the "fact" of open religious advocacy, but the "political positions" being advocated.

"Rational argument rarely seems as warm, as human, as it does in this book...Carter leads the reader to contemplate the embattled constitutional wall between the state and religion, and he does so without furor, without dogma, with only the qualities he envisions in the ideal public square: moderation, restraint, respect." -- The New Yorker.

Acknowledgments
The Separation of Faith and Self
The Culture of Disbeliefp. 3
God as a Hobbyp. 23
From Civil Religion to Civil Exclusionp. 44
Political Preachingp. 67
The "Christian Nation" and Other Horrorsp. 83
The First Subject of the First Amendment
The Separation of Church and Statep. 105
The Accommodation of Religionp. 124
Religious Autonomy in the Welfare Statep. 136
In the Beginningp. 156
God: A Course of Studyp. 183
The Clothed Public Square
(Dis)Believing in Faithp. 213
Matters of Life and Deathp. 233
Religious Fascismp. 263
Postscriptp. 275
Notesp. 279
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780385474986
ISBN-10: 0385474989
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st September 1994
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36