• Title: Religion in American Public Life
  • Author: A. James Reichley
  • ISBN: 9780815773771
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • Religion in American Public Life We are said Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas a religious people and his observation is continually borne out in every aspect of American public life Religious ideals underlay the founding of
    We are, said Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas, a religious people, and his observation is continually borne out in every aspect of American public life Religious ideals underlay the founding of the colonies and the firming of the new nation the activities of churches have been closely interwined with politics in the abolition of slavery, the drive for women s We are, said Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas, a religious people, and his observation is continually borne out in every aspect of American public life Religious ideals underlay the founding of the colonies and the firming of the new nation the activities of churches have been closely interwined with politics in the abolition of slavery, the drive for women s suffrage, the prohibition of liquor,and the civil rights movement of the 1960s The recent revival of arguments over the participation of relgious groups in politics points up the continuing controversey about the separation of church and state In this study, A James Reichley places religion and politics within a conceptual framework that considers the values in which both are rooted and examines, in light of that framework, the actual impact of religion and religious groups on American public life He analyzes the underlying causes and issues involved, their contemporary impact, and their continuing evolution Finally he discusses how the involvement of religious groups in politics can be carried on within the context of the separation of church and state without threat to civil liberties or seculat politicalization of religion.

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    1. This book is essential reading for an informed perspective on the role of religion in American Public Life. Reichley does justice to the complex relationship between religion politics and human values. His typology of value systems provides a very useful framework for understanding the differing perspectives on the issue and avoiding simplistic characterizations of those who hold differing points of view. There is a very good examination of the intentions of the Founders of the USA and the prope [...]

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