Defending American Religious Neutrality

Defending American Religious Neutrality

by Andrew Koppelman
     
 

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While First Amendment doctrine treats religion as a human good, the state must not take sides on theological questions. Koppelman explains the logic of this uniquely American form of neutrality: why it is fair to give religion special treatment, why old (but not new) religious ceremonies are permitted, and why laws must have a secular purpose.

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While First Amendment doctrine treats religion as a human good, the state must not take sides on theological questions. Koppelman explains the logic of this uniquely American form of neutrality: why it is fair to give religion special treatment, why old (but not new) religious ceremonies are permitted, and why laws must have a secular purpose.

Editorial Reviews

Steven D. Smith
Neutrality has been the central but embattled ideal in the modern jurisprudence of religious freedom. Andrew Koppelman offers the most serious and sophisticated defense of that ideal now available. For anyone interested in these important debates, this book is not recommended reading: it is required.
Frank Ravitch
This is an exceptionally valuable work. Koppelman persuasively argues why viewing neutrality as an ideal can have more significant practical consequences than arguing for a specific sort of legal neutrality. All law and religion scholars will have to address Koppelman's arguments.
Richard Garnett
Andrew Koppelman is one of the most thoughtful law-and-religion scholars in America, and this book is an impressive accomplishment. Koppelman shows how a secular political community can and must respect the consciences of persons of all faiths and none, while seeing the search for religious truth as a special, and especially important, human good.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674071070
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
418 KB

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Andrew Koppelman is John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at Northwestern University.

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