Religion as a Public Good: Jews and Other Americans on Religion in the Public Square

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Alan Mittleman
Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Education - 336 pages
Religion as a Public Good: Jews and Other Americans on Religion in the Public Square explores the often controversial topic of how religion ought to relate to American public life. The sixteen distinguished contributors, both Jewish and Christian, reflect on the topic out of their own disciplines--social ethics, political theory, philosophy, law, history, theology, and sociology. and take a stand based on their religious convictions and political beliefs. The volume is at once scholarly and committed, polemic and civil, reflective and activist. Written in the shadow of 9/11, it invites a new consideration of how religion enhances democratic public life with full awareness of the dangers that religion can sometimes pose. The volume is polemical, as befits the topic, but also civil, as befits a dialogue about an issue of profound significance for democratic citizenship.
 

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Contents

The Liberal Social Contract and the Privatization of Religion
11
A Proper Blessing? The Jew and the American Public Square
25
The TheologicalPolitical Predicament of American Jewry
47
The Probable Persistence of American Jewish Liberalism
63
The Need for a Wall Separating Church and State Why the Establishment Clause Is So Important for Jews and Why Jews Are So Important for the Es...
89
American Jewry Pre and Post911
111
Traditional Judaism and American Citizenship
125
A Jewish Policy on ChurchState Relations
139
Religion and the Public Good
197
Judaism Influencing American Public Philosophy
229
911 and the Aftershocks Rethinking American Secularism and Religious Pluralism
247
The Jew in the American Public Square
265
From China to Jersey City Religious Pluralism Religious Liberty and Human Rights
283
Looking Forward From Jewish Interest to Judaic Principle
293
Index
319
About the Contributors
331

Jewish Law and American Public Policy A Principled Jewish Law View and Some Practical Jewish Observations
159
Religious Diversity and the Common Good
183

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Alan Mittleman is professor of religion at Muhlenberg College. He served as director of the Jews and the American Public Square project and edited Jewish Polity and American Civil Society and Jews and the American Public Square.

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