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A useful comparative study....This survey can help Americans appreciate the peculiarities, both good and bad, of our church-state arrangements.
The book concludes that state financial aid may actually encourage religious freedom by making it more widely available. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
Monsma and Soper provide one of the most detailed and best studies of the range of church-state relations in different liberal democracies. They explode the myth of church-state separation in several countries of Europe and make a persuasive case for allowing religion greater space in the public arena than exists in America.
Marvelous. The authors perform the rare and difficult feat of generating a genuinely cross-national analysis, while paying strict, detailed attention to the nuances of each country. This book will change the manner in which church-state relations are contested in the United States and is required reading for anyone, at any level.
Monsma and Soper's project opens up the possibility and vitality of constructive religion in American public life.
The argument of the book is not why America is right, but on the contrary, why the other democracies do it better. The methodology is comparative only after the historical evolution of church-state relationships in each society has been examined with some subtlety. It is a model of a worthwhile comparative study.
The Challenge of Pluralism is a genuine comparative study undertaken by two political scientists surveying church-state relations and it brings together a great deal of valuable historical, legal, and other information…relevant to its subject.
An exceptionally illuminating book...this volume is, in short, an excellent piece of scholarship and deserves a wide readership.
As a sourcebook, this volume is without peer. The authors have donea fine job of assembling a remarkable array of material and fashioning it into a coherent whole. The Challenge of Pluralism offers a series of well-executed portraits of five nations that attempt to harmonize the religious sentiments of their citizens with the demands of public policy.
|2||The United States: Strict Separation||15|
|3||The Netherlands: Principled Pluralism||51|
|4||Australia: Pragmatic Pluralism||87|
|5||England: Partial Establishment||121|
|6||Germany: Partnership and Autonomy||155|
|7||Church and State in Pluralistic Democracies||199|
|About the Authors||229|