Freedom of Religion

Freedom of Religion

by J. Edward Evans

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School Library Journal
Gr 7-12-- A historical overview of religious freedom in the U. S., showing how the courts have interpreted the laws and stimulating thoughts about the future of religious freedom in this country. Evans provides some excellent background on the arguments surrounding the separation of church and state, and gives examples of many contemporary cases involving that battle. There is only a brief note about Native American rites and the use of peyote, but this is not referred to in the index. Also, the book lacks background on the history of religious freedom, individual thought, or any mention of the influence of the Reformation and thinkers like John Locke. Unfortunately, many of the illustrations are of poor quality; some appear to be fillers since their appropriateness to the text is questionable (Washington crossing the Delaware), while others are accompanied by inadequate explanations for the reading audience. However, these flaws will not seriously detract from the book's readability or its usefulness. Leonard Levy's The Establishment Clause: Religion and the First Amendment (Macmillan, 1986) is authoritative in content, but too detailed for younger high school students. Those gearing up for the bicentennial of the Bill of Rights will find this a serviceable purchase. --Miriam Hansen, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire, WI

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
American Politics Series
Product dimensions:
7.67(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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