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How to Be Secular A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom

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ISBN-10: 0547473346

ISBN-13: 9780547473345

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jacques Berlinerblau

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Weary of religious conservatives urging "defense of marriage" and atheist polemics about the crimes of religion? Sick of pundits who want only to recast American life in their own image? Americans are stuck in an all or nothing landscape for religion in public life. What are reasonable citizens to do?Seen as godless by the religious, weak by the atheists—secularism has mostly been misunderstood. InHow to Be Secular, Berlinerblau argues for a return to America’s hard-won secular tradition; the best way to protect religious diversity and freedom lies in keeping an eye on the encroachment of each into the other.Berlinerblau passionately defends the virtues of secularism, reminds us what it is…    
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/11/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Jacques Berlinerblau, who holds separate Ph.D.s in ancient Near Eastern studies and sociology, is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Languages and Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Hofstra University. His second book, The Black Athena Controversy and the Responsibilities of American Intellectuals, was published in 1999 and his articles have appeared in The Journal of the Academy of American Religion, History of Religions, Biblical Interpretation, and other scholarly as well as more mainstream publications.

Preface
Introduction: Is Secularism Dead?
What Secularism Is and Isn't
What Is Secularism? (The Basic Package)
Were the Founders Secular?
Does Secularism Equal Total Separation of Church and State?
Does Secularism Equal Atheism?
How Not to Be Secular
The Very Peculiar "Rise" and Fall of American Secularism
The "Rise" of American Secularism and the Secularish
The Fall of American Secularism
Are Democrats Secularists?
The Christian Nation and the GOP
Reviving American Secularism
Who Could Be a Secularist?
How to Be Secularish (In Praise of "Secular Jews" and "Cafeteria Catholics")
Tough Love for American Secularism
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index