Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America / Edition 1

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Overview

Despite talk of a "naked public square," religion has never really lost its place in American public life. As the twenty-first century opened, it was re-emerging in unexpected and paradoxical ways. Religious institutions were considered for expanded roles in welfare and education, at the same time that the limits of religious pluralism–-as, for example, in the relation of Islam to American values—became a question of urgent public concern.

Religion Returns to the Public Square;Faith and Policy in America explores how and why religion has to be mixed up with American politics. Uncovering philosophical, historical, legal, and social roots of this relationship, these essays go beyond hot-button issues to reflect on the current interactions and future possibilities of religion and politics in America.

Table of ContentsPart I: The Big Picture1. An Introduction to Religion and Public Policy Hugh Heclo2. Two Concepts of Secularism Wilfred M. McClay3. The Religious Conscience and the State in American Constitutional Law, 1789-2000 Charles J. Reid, Jr.4. What is a Public Religion? Jose CasanovaPart II: Religion in Political Action5. Faith and Morals: Religion in American Democracy Wilson Carey McWilliams6. Faith in Politics A. James Reichley7. Mainstream Protestantism, 'Conservative' Religion, and Civil Society D. G. HartPart III: Policy Applications8. American Catholicism, Catholic Charities U.S.A., and Welfare Reform John A. Coleman, S.J.9. Charitable Choice: Bringing Religion Back into American Welfare Stanley W. Carlson-Thies10. Public Education Changes Partners Charles Glenn11. With God on Their Side: Religion and American Foreign Policy William Martin

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

The authors span the political and religious spectrum... This well-documented collection demonstrates that a secular state can thrive even when its citizenry is deeply committed religiously, albeit to diverse ways of being religious. This book will be valuable to those interested in the role of religion in public life, in both historical and contemporary terms.

America
This impressive study... is grounded on the premise that religion is inevitably public in a political sense... must be only the beginning of the never-ending quest to discover the answer to a burning question, which is likely to be the foremost issue facing the American nation in the years to come.

— Robert F. Drinan

Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology
The contributors here are the right people to push a diverse debate.
Virginia Quarterly Review
A very fine collection of essays by scholars on differing aspects of religion's public presence... If you want to read one volume on the role of religion in public life, this is the current front-runner.
Choice
The authors span the political and religious spectrum... This well-documented collection demonstrates that a secular state can thrive even when its citizenry is deeply committed religiously, albeit to diverse ways of being religious. This book will be valuable to those interested in the role of religion in public life, in both historical and contemporary terms.
America - Robert F. Drinan
This impressive study... is grounded on the premise that religion is inevitably public in a political sense... must be only the beginning of the never-ending quest to discover the answer to a burning question, which is likely to be the foremost issue facing the American nation in the years to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801871955
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugh Heclo is Robinson Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University. Wilfred M. McClay is SunTrust Chair of Excellence in the Humanities and Professor of History at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Both are former Fellows of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:

Part I: The Big Picture1. An Introduction to Religion and Public Policy Hugh Heclo

2. Two Concepts of Secularism Wilfred M. McClay

3. The Religious Conscience and the State in American Constitutional Law, 1789-2000 Charles J. Reid, Jr.

4. What is a Public Religion? Jose CasanovaPart II: Religion in Political Action5. Faith and Morals: Religion in American Democracy Wilson Carey McWilliams

6. Faith in Politics A. James Reichley

7. Mainstream Protestantism, 'Conservative' Religion, and Civil Society D. G. HartPart III: Policy Applications8. American Catholicism, Catholic Charities U.S.A., and Welfare Reform John A. Coleman, S.J.

9. Charitable Choice: Bringing Religion Back into American Welfare Stanley W. Carlson-Thies

10. Public Education Changes Partners Charles Glenn

11. With God on Their Side: Religion and American Foreign Policy William Martin

Johns Hopkins University Press

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