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Bleached Faith: The Tragic Cost When Religion Is Forced into the Public Square Hardcover – Feb 19 2008
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"Though the broad argument [this book] advances is not new, some of the evidence presented is based on very current issues, such as the discussion of Intelligent Design. The Court's jurisprudence in this area remains highly contested, and I think this book provides a useful counterweight to those who oppose the separation principle." Caren Dubnoff, College of the Holy Cross
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The author also seems to reject as misguided the actual religious doctrines that Americans believe in. If an individual believes in the literal interpretation of Genesis and that their god wants a theocracy, then the things that cheapen the author's conception of religion begin to seem sensible in the context of fundamentalist's disturbing view. The author repeatedly states why he feels religion is valuable, yet he is describing a religion that many religious Americans don't practice.
What I found most objectionable in the author's analysis is his use of terms like "meaningful religion" and his claim that religion is a guardian of "timeless faith and values." "Meaningful religion" is nonsensical, since he gives no argument to show that the religion he supports is meaningful and the religion he likely wouldn't, like Biblical genocides and oppression of women in certain theocracies, isn't meaningful. The idea that religion is a guardian of timeless faith and values shows a serious disconnect from any understanding of history and theology. It is the development of ethics and humanism that has tempered the xenophobia, oppression, genocides, and judgmental nature of the roots of our former religions. It is just as easy to say that it is the secular ethicist who needs to guard human values against the dangers of religious belief.