Religious Liberty in America: The First Amendment in Historical and Contemporary Perspective Paperback – Jan 1 2008
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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."
About the Author
BRUCE T. MURRAY is a journalist and former editor with the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register.
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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.