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Religious Liberty in America: The First Amendment in Historical and Contemporary Perspective [Paperback]

Bruce T. Murray

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Jan. 1 2008 Published in Association with the Foundation for American Co
In recent years a series of highly publicized controversies has focused attention on what are arguably the sixteen most important words in the U.S. Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The ongoing court battles over the inclusion of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, the now annual cultural quarrel over "Merry Christmas" vs. "Happy Holidays," and the political promotion of "faith-based initiatives" to address social problems - all reflect competing views of the meaning of the religious liberty clauses of the First Amendment.Such disputes, as Bruce T. Murray shows, are nothing new. For more than two hundred years Americans have disagreed about the proper role of religion in public life and where to draw the line between church and state. In this book, he re-examines these debates and distills the volumes of commentary and case law they have generated. He analyzed not only the changing contours of religious freedom but also the phenomenon of American civil religion, grounded in the notion that the nation's purpose is sanctified by a higher authority - an idea that can be traced back to the earliest New England colonists and remains deeply ingrained in the American psyche.Throughout the book, Murray connects past and present, tracing the historical roots of contemporary controversies. He considers why it is that a country founded on the separation of church and state remains singularly religious among nations, and concludes by showing how the Supreme Court's thinking about the religious liberty clauses has evolved since the late eighteenth century.

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  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press (Jan. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558496386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558496385
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,418,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bruce Murray seeks to lay out historically and conceptually the issues behind the two religious liberty clauses in the First Amendment. In doing so, he introduces and traces such significant topics as the development of religious pluralism and its ironic counterpart, civil religion. Nowhere is there such a clear and concise explanation of these issues as Murray offers in this book." - Philip Goff, Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis."

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BRUCE T. MURRAY is a journalist and former editor with the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Religious Liberty in America by Bruce T. Murray Feb. 1 2009
By Scott A. Schudy - Published on Amazon.com
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In Religious Liberty in America, author Bruce T. Murray brings forth a concise and valuable overview of religion in our history as well as the impact of the religious liberty clauses in the First Amendment . As a former journalist, I can testify to the lack of knowledge I brought with me to the newsroom on religion. As an American history major, I can further bear witness to the lack of interest on my part and the lack of emphasis on my University's part in stressing religion's historical role in legislation and court decisions.

I should say that Mr. Murray is my former editor when we worked with the Los Angeles Times. I say this because I remember when Mr. Murray asked me to write on religious subjects. To me, it was as if he had just consigned me to the worst of all news beats.

Mr. Murray's book has done more to instill in me the need to be well-versed in religious issues, historic and contemporary. It has helped give me respect for a subject area I had dismissed years ago as fringe and unimportant. It has given me a base from which to further study religion in America and the first Amendment. It has provided me a more solid comprehension of these issues than many other books and classes. It is an important book that I keep referring to as I continue my education, especially my reading of US Supreme Court decisions.

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