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How to Be Secular

A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom
Berlinerblau, Jacques (Book - 2012 )
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“Berlinerblau mounts a careful, judicious, and compelling argument that America needs more secularists—not only among nonbelievers but among believers as well. It will change the way we think and talk about religious freedom.”
—Randall Balmer, author of Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts Faith and Threatens America

Weary of religious conservatives urging “defense of marriage” and atheist polemicists decrying 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 and weak by the atheists, secularism mostly has been misunderstood. In How 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 and what it can protect, and urges us to mobilize around its cause, which is for all Americans to continue to enjoy freedom for—and from—religion. This is an urgent wake-up call for progressives in and out of all faiths.

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Equally tired of faith tests for politicians and atheist polemics about the crimes of religion? In HOW TO BE SECULAR, Jacques Berlinerblau issues a rousing defense of America's secular roots as our nation's best way of protecting religious freedom for all


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Argues that a return to a more secular America will promote religious diversity and freedom, and help eliminate the widening divide between religious conservatives and staunch atheists.

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Eschewing both religious conservatives and hard-core atheists, the author argues that a return to a truly secular America is the key way to promote religious diversity and freedom. 25,000 first printing.

Authors: Berlinerblau, Jacques
Statement of Responsibility: Jacques Berlinerblau
Title: How to be secular
a call to arms for religious freedom
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
Characteristics: xxix, 306 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Church and state United States United States Religion Freedom of religion United States Secularism United States
Topical Term: Church and state
Freedom of religion
Secularism
LCCN: 2012014226
ISBN: 0547473346
9780547473345
Branch Call Number: 211.6 B
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In his book and his lecture on April 11, Jacques 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. He passionately defends the virtues of secularism,... Read More »


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Freedom of religion cannot exist without freedom from religion.

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