Synopses & Reviews
Few issues arouse as much passionate debate as the relationship between church and state. Political parties and coalitions have long jockeyed for position in the battle to either keep the two separate, or to unify them in one nation indivisible from God. While the battle has been raging in the political arena, figures from academia, the media, and myriad other vantage points, have commented on the context and constitutionality of laws governing religious expression.
In Law and Religion, Stephen M. Feldman brings together the many perspectives that have shaped policy on this important national issue. In giving voice to the political left and right, as well as to cultural, philosophical, sociological and historical perspectives, the book serves as an even-handed treatment of an issue all too often clouded by biases. Contributors ranging from Stanley Fish to Richard John Neuhaus explore issues extending from religious morality and religious freedom, to fundamentalism, the separation of church and state, religion and public schooling, and liberal political theory. Comprehensive in scope, Law and Religion will stand as an important reference for anyone seeking to further understand this complex and highly emotional topic.
For the student of Jewish history, the topic of this book bears upon the very foundations of Jewish experience in Mediterranean and Western societies during the last two thousand years. Essay contributions from David Flusser, Wayne A. Meeks, S.G.F. Brandon, Marcel Simon, Rosemary Radford Ruether, B. Blumenkranz, Solomon Grayzel, H. Liebeschutz, Lester K. Little, Cecil Roth, Jeremy Cohen, Mark U. Edwards, Jr., Salo W. Baron, Kenneth R. Stow, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Jacob Katz, Ivan G. Marcus, David Berger, and David B. Ruderman.
About the Author
STEPHEN M. FELDMAN is Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of American Legal Thought From Premodernism to Postmodernism: An Intellectual Voyage and Please Don't Wish Me a Merry Christmas: A Critical History of the Separation of Church and State(also available from NYU Press).