Jews and the American Public Square: Debating Religion and Republic

Jews and the American Public Square: Debating Religion and Republic

by Alan Mittleman
     
 
Explaining how the First Amendment "cuts both ways" regarding controversial links between government and religion, Mittleman (religion, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA) introduces 13 scholarly papers on the historical, constitutional, political, sociological, and philosophical dimensions of Jewish life in America. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

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Explaining how the First Amendment "cuts both ways" regarding controversial links between government and religion, Mittleman (religion, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA) introduces 13 scholarly papers on the historical, constitutional, political, sociological, and philosophical dimensions of Jewish life in America. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Jean Bethke Elshtain
A long-overdue look at the role played by American Jewry in our civic life. The essays in this expertly edited volume are informative, provocative, and skillfully written. Highly recommended.
Arnold M. Eisen
This thoughtful and timely set of essays is sure to provoke—and enrich—debate on the roles of Jews and Judaism in American public life. The discussion is on a high level throughout, the authors well attuned to recent controversies. An unusually worthwhile collection.
The Weekly Standard
Both books [Jewish Polity and American Civil Society and Jews and the American Public Square both edited by Alan Mittelman, Jonathan D. Sarna, and Robert Licht] furnish the reader with a great deal of useful information about Jews in America, while the essays included in the books are characterized by competence and earnestness throughout.
First Things
Both books [Jewish Polity and American Civil Society and Jews and the American Public Square both edited by Alan Mittelman, Jonathan D. Sarna, and Robert Licht] will be of interest to students of American Judaism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742521230
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Mittleman is Head and Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Muhlenberg College and the author ofThe Scepter Shall Not Depart from Judah: Perspectives on the Persistence of the Political in Judaism. Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University. He is author, editor, or coeditor of many books, includingReligion and State in the American Jewish Experience (with David Dalin) andWomen and American Judaism: Historical Perspectives (with Pamela S. Nadell). Robert Licht is the editor of six books on the U.S. Constitution and is a lecturer in political thought at the University of Chicago.

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