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Interpreting the Free Exercise of Religion By Bette Novit Evans

Interpreting the Free Exercise of Religion
by Bette Novit Evans

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This study of religious freedom in contemporary America situates constitutional arguments about free exercise within theological and sociological insights about American religious experience. The book's conclusions about religious liberty are embedded in an appreciation of American pluralism.
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Interpreting the Free Exercise of Religion Summary


Interpreting the Free Exercise of Religion: The Constitution and American Pluralism by Bette Novit Evans

A generation ago, all of the big questions concerning religious freedom in America seemed to have been resolved. At the very least, the lines of division between proponents of a wall of separation between church and state and advocates of religious accommodation seemed clearly drawn. Since then, increasing religious diversity and changing functions of government have raised new questions about what it means to allow the free exercise of religion. In this book, Bette Novit Evans explores the contemporary understandings of this First Amendment guarantee in all of its complexity and ambiguity. Evans situates constitutional arguments about free exercise within the context of theological and sociological insights about American religious experience. She surveys and evaluates several of the most well considered approaches to religious freedom and applies them to contemporary legal controversies, examining problems in defining religion and claims concerning the autonomy of religious institutions. Her conclusions about religious liberty are embedded in an appreciation of American pluralism: the guarantee of religious freedom, she argues, can be understood as an instrument for fostering alternative sources of meaning within a pluralistic political community.

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Interpreting the Free Exercise of Religion Reviews


[I]ncisive and commanding analysis.

"American Studies"


A well-argued and civil contribution to the never-ending debate about religion and public life.

"First Things"


"Her original and thoughtful argument draws on important sources and issues in constitutional law.

Donald A. Downs, University of Wisconsin-Madison"


[Those curious] how a secular government and multi-faith society can accommodate competing religious claims will doubtless find the book engaging.

"Free Inquiry"


"Evans's work is the more impressive because it so carefully and persistently integrates descriptive and normative considerations.

"Franklin I. Gamwell, University of Chicago"


YIncisive and commanding analysis.

"American Studies"


Her original and thoughtful argument draws on important sources and issues in constitutional law.

Donald A. Downs, University of Wisconsin-Madison


YThose curious how a secular government and multi-faith society can accommodate competing religious claims will doubtless find the book engaging.

"Free Inquiry"


Evans's work is the more impressive because it so carefully and persistently integrates descriptive and normative considerations.

"Franklin I. Gamwell, University of Chicago

About Bette Novit Evans


Bette Novit Evans is associate professor of political science at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

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GOR009547990
Interpreting the Free Exercise of Religion: The Constitution and American Pluralism by Bette Novit Evans
Bette Novit Evans
Used - Very Good
Paperback
The University of North Carolina Press
1998-01-31
304
0807846740
9780807846742
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