Culture of Disbelief by Stephen L. Carter
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Culture of Disbelief
By Stephen L. Carter

The Culture of Disbelief

How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion Anchor Books ed

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Culture of Disbelief by Stephen L. Carter

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"The Culture Of Disbelief" has been the subject of an enormous amount of media attention from the first moment it was published. Hugely successful in hardcover, the Anchor paperback is sure to find a large audience as the ever-increasing, enduring debate about the relationship of church and state in America continues. In "The Culture Of Disbelief," Stephen Carter explains how we can preserve the vital separation of church and state while embracing rather than trivializing the faith of millions of citizens or treating religious believers with disdain. What makes Carter's work so intriguing is that he uses liberal means to arrive at what are often considered conservative ends. Explaining how preserving a special role for religious communities can strengthen our democracy, "The Culture Of Disbelief" recovers the long tradition of liberal religious witness (for example, the antislavery, antisegregation, and Vietnam-era antiwar movements). Carter argues that the problem with the 1992 Republican convention was not the "fact" of open religious advocacy, but the "political positions" being advocated. "Rational argument rarely seems as warm, as human, as it does in this book...Carter leads the reader to contemplate the embattled constitutional wall between the state and religion, and he does so without furor, without dogma, with only the qualities he envisions in the ideal public square: moderation, restraint, respect." -- "The New Yorker."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780385474986
ISBN-10: 0385474989
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 159mm x 19mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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God's Name in Vain by Stephen L. Carter God's Name in Vain, Paperback (October 2001)

Using contemporary and historical examples, from abolitionist sermons to presidential candidates' confessions, Stephen Carter illustrates ways in which religion and politics do and do not mesh well and ways in which spiritual perspectives might make vital contributions to our national debates.

Dissent of the Governed by Stephen L. Carter Dissent of the Governed, Paperback (November 1999)

This text portrays America as dying from a refusal to engage a dialogue, a polity where everybody speaks, but nobody listens. Yet from this ailment the author provides a diagnosis which defends dialogue, negotiating conflict and keeping democracy alive.

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