Religion in Politics
Constitutional and Moral Perspectives
By (author) Michael J. Perry
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Religion in Politics by Michael J. Perry
Book DescriptionMost Americans are religious believers. Among these there is disagreement about many fundamental religious/moral matters. Because the United States is both such a religious country and such a religiously pluralistic country, the issue of the proper role of religion in politics is extremely important to political debate. 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? He is principally concerned with political choices that ban or otherwise disfavor one or another sort of human conduct based on the view that the conduct is immoral. He divides the controversy into two debates: the constitutionally proper role of religious arguments in politics, and a related, but distinct, debate about the morally proper role. Perry concludes that political choices about the morality of human conduct should not be based on religion. The newest work by one of the most important constitutional theorists writing today, Religion in Politics is sure to spark a new debate on the subject.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195130959
(235mm x 154mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael J. Perry
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This book explicates the morality of human rights and elaborates three internationally recognized human rights that are entrenched in US constitutional law.
Political Morality of Liberal Democracy, Paperback (February 2012)
This important new work elaborates and defends an account of the political morality of liberal democracy.
Constitutional Rights, Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court, Paperback (December 2010)
This book examines the Supreme Court's proper role in adjudicating moral controversies that implicate constitutional rights.
Toward a Theory of Human Rights, Paperback (August 2008)» View all books by Michael J. Perry
Toward a Theory of Human Rights makes a significant contribution both to human rights studies and to constitutional theory.
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Author Biography - Michael J. Perry
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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