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The Religious Test: Why We Must Question the Beliefs of Our Leaders

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The Constitution states that "no religious test" may keep a candidate from aspiring to political office. Yet, since John F. Kennedy used the phrase to deflect concerns about his Catholicism, the public has largely avoided probing candidates' religious beliefs. Is it true, however, that a candidate's religious convictions should be off-limits to public scrutiny? Damon Linker doesn't think so, and in this book he outlines the various elements of religious belief--including radical atheism--that are simply incompatible with high office, and sometimes even active citizenship, in a democracy. In six forceful chapters he enlightens us to the complicated interrelations between churches and states, consistently applying a political litmus test to a range of theological views. Along the way, he clearly explains, among other topics, why the government in a religiously tolerant society must not promote a uniform, absolute code of ethics and behavior; why the conviction that America is worthy of divine attention is dangerous; and why the liberal position on the political deregulation of sex is our nation's only hope for conciliation. In this provocative, hard-hitting manifesto, Linker exhorts both believers and atheists to behave better in the public sphere, and he offers a carefully charted road map for doing so.

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A manifesto seeking to exhort both believers and atheists to behave better in the public sphere.

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A manifesto seeking to exhort both believers and atheists to behave better in the public sphere.

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'The Constitution states that “no religious test” may keep a candidate from aspiring to political office. Yet since John F. Kennedy used the phrase to deflect concerns about his Catholicism, the public has largely avoided probing candidates’ religious beliefs. Is it true, however, that there should be “no religious test” whatsoever, regardless of a candidate’s religious convictions?

Damon Linker doesn’t think so, and in this provocative, hard-hitting manifesto, he outlines the various elements of religious belief—including radical atheism—that he finds simply incompatible with high office in a democracy. He puts forth six “commandments” to address the complicated interrelations between churches and states, clearly explaining, among other topics, why a religiously tolerant state must not promote a uniform, absolute code of ethics and behavior, why the conviction that America is worthy of divine attention is dangerous, and why the New Atheists might be just as intolerant as the religious authorities they criticize.'

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Damon Linker is a contributing editor for the New Republic and is a Senior Writing Fellow in the Center for Critical Writing at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

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Senseinai, February 17, 2011 (view all comments by Senseinai)
Fair arguments, but the presentation is stretched to fill out the book ... Might have been better presented as a magazine article or series.
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ISBN:
9780393067958
Author:
Linker, Damon
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Damon Linker
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Religion, Politics & State
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Politics - General
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
251
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in

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"Synopsis" by , A manifesto seeking to exhort both believers and atheists to behave better in the public sphere.
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"Synopsis" by , 'The Constitution states that “no religious test” may keep a candidate from aspiring to political office. Yet since John F. Kennedy used the phrase to deflect concerns about his Catholicism, the public has largely avoided probing candidates’ religious beliefs. Is it true, however, that there should be “no religious test” whatsoever, regardless of a candidate’s religious convictions?

Damon Linker doesn’t think so, and in this provocative, hard-hitting manifesto, he outlines the various elements of religious belief—including radical atheism—that he finds simply incompatible with high office in a democracy. He puts forth six “commandments” to address the complicated interrelations between churches and states, clearly explaining, among other topics, why a religiously tolerant state must not promote a uniform, absolute code of ethics and behavior, why the conviction that America is worthy of divine attention is dangerous, and why the New Atheists might be just as intolerant as the religious authorities they criticize.'
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