Religion in Politics : Constitutional and Moral Perspectives

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Overview

In Religion in Politics, Michael Perry addresses a fundamental question: what role may religious arguments play, if any, either in public debate about what political choices to make or as a basis of political choice?
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"...a highly informative exposition"--Perspectives on Political Science

"Perry's attempt to clarify is undoubtedly worthwhile, and probably useful as well, and can be recommended for such purposes."--Bimonthly Review of Law Books

"In a field known for its confusions and contradictions, Perry's work stands out. He stakes his ground-for a bounded religious role in politics-with boldness, clarity, elegant simplicity, and power. This is one of the most rigorous and cogent analyses of the fundamental questions in the field that I have seen. Whether one agrees with Perry or not, Religion and Politics is a book that cannot be ignored."--Laura S. Underkuffler, Duke University

"Over the last decade, Michael Perry has distinguished himself as one of the most prominent and influential commentators on the role of morality and religion in democratic politics and lawmaking...This book will be of enormous interest and value not only to scholars, but also to thoughtful citizens-religious and nonreligious alike-who wish to confront the controversial questions that Perry addresses."--Daniel O. Conkle, Indiana University

"Perry draws on his deep acquaintance with both First Amendment constitutional perspectives and the broader traditons of moral discourse about religion and society to shed light and give guidance to what is often a muddled and wrong-headed debate about religion in public life."--John A. Coleman, S.J., The Jesuit School of Theology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195130959
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,114,491
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Perry is the Howard J. Trienens Chair in Law at Northwestern University. Among his numerous writings are The Constitution in the Courts (Oxford, 1994) and Love & Power (Oxford, 1991).

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Table of Contents

Introduction / Religion in Politics 3
1 The Constitutional Law of Religious Freedom 9
2 Religious Arguments in Public Political Debate 43
3 Religious Arguments as a Basis of Political Choice 63
Notes 105
Index 159
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