Under God?: Religious Faith and Liberal Democracy

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 2, 2003 - Philosophy - 200 pages
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Over the past twelve years, Michael J. Perry's has become well-known as a trenchant commentator on the role of faith in the public life of a liberal democracy. In this new book, Perry argues that political reliance on religious faith violates neither the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution nor, more broadly, the morality of liberal democracy. Nonetheless, Perry argues, religious believers sometimes have good reasons to be wary about relying on religious beliefs in making political decisions. Along the way, Perry thoughtfully addresses contemporary issues like school vouchers, same-sex marriage, and abortion.

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What Does the Establishment Clause Forbid? Reflections on the Constitutionality of School Vouchers
Why Political Reliance on Religiously Grounded Morality Does Not Violate the Establishment Clause
Why Political Reliance on Religiously Grounded Morality Is Not Illegitimate in a Liberal Democracy
Mainly for the Agnostics and the Inclusionists Especially Inclusionists Who Are Religious Believers
Christians the Bible and SameSex Unions An Argument for Political SelfRestraint
Catholics the Magisterium and SameSex Unions An Argument for Independent Judgment
Religion Politics and Abortion
This Nation Under God

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Michael J. Perry holds a Robert W. Woodruff Chair at Emory University, where he teaches in the law school. Previously, Perry held the Howard J. Trienens Chair in Law at Northwestern University, where he taught for fifteen years, and the University Distinguished Chair in Law at Wake Forest University. Perry has written on American constitutional law and theory; law, morality and religion; and human rights theory in more than sixty articles and eleven books, including The Political Morality of Liberal Democracy, The Idea of Human Rights, We the People: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Supreme Court, Under God? Religious Faith and Liberal Democracy, Toward a Theory of Human Rights: Religion, Law, Courts, and Constitutional Rights, Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court.

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