The Agnostic Age: Law, Religion, and the Constitution

Hardcover | February 23, 2011

byPaul Horwitz

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The Agnostic Age: Law, Religion, and the Constitution is a book for lawyers, law professors, law students, lawmakers, and any citizen who cares about church-state conflict and about the relationship between religion and liberal democracy. It provides a way to understand and balance theconflicts that inevitably arise when neighbors struggle with neighbors, and when liberal democracy tries to reach common ground with religious beliefs and practices. Paul Horwitz argues that the fundamental reason for the church-state conflict is our aversion to questions of religious truth. By trying to avoid the question of religious truth, law and religion has ultimately only reached a state of incoherence. He asserts that the answer to this dilemma is totake "the agnostic turn": to take an empathetic and imaginative approach to questions of religious truth, one that actually confronts rather than avoids these questions, but without reaching a final judgment about what that truth is. This book offers a sensitive and sensible approach to questions of church-state conflict, justifying what the courts have done in some cases and demanding new results in others. It explains how the church-state conflict extends beyond law and religion itself, and goes to some of the centralquestions at the heart of the troubled relationship between religion and liberal democracy in a post-9/11 era.

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The Agnostic Age: Law, Religion, and the Constitution is a book for lawyers, law professors, law students, lawmakers, and any citizen who cares about church-state conflict and about the relationship between religion and liberal democracy. It provides a way to understand and balance theconflicts that inevitably arise when neighbors stru...

Paul Horwitz is the Gordon Rosen Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. He has taught at the University of Iowa, Notre Dame Law School, and the University of San Diego, among other places, and has spoken at some of the nation's leading law schools. He is widely published in the field of constitutional law and the...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:348 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 23, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019973772X

ISBN - 13:9780199737727

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IntroductionPart One: The End of the World As We Know It: The Collapse of the Liberal Consensus in Law and Society1. Religion Under Attack/Liberalism Under Attack2. Pilate's Shrug: The Sad Saga of Modern Law and Religion TheoryPart Two: Getting to Maybe: The Agnostic Turn3. Empathetic Agnosticism4. The New Commissars of Enlightenment: Of the New Atheists, the Anti-New Atheists, and Agnosticism5. Constitutional AgnosticismPart Three: Putting Constitutional Agnosticism to Work6. Constitutional Agnosticism and Free Exercise of Religion7. Constitutional Agnosticism and the Establishment Clause: One Nation Under?Part Four: Constitutional Agnosticism, Religion, and Liberal Democracy8. Easing the Tension . . . But Not Ending It