How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom

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How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom

Format:  Hardcover,

306 pages

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publish Date: Sep 2012

ISBN-13: 9780547473345

ISBN-10: 0547473346

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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.

www.jacquesberlinerblau.com

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish Date: Sep 2012
ISBN-13: 9780547473345
ISBN-10: 0547473346
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 306
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.19
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Chapter outline

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

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-08-01)

Separation of church and state has fallen on hard times, not only due to well--orchestrated "Revivalist" campaigns to return America to God, but also to secularists allowing anti-theists and strict separationist's to control the secularist message. Writing for general readers, Berlinerblau (director, Program for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown Univ.; The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion Seriously) gives a concise history, and description of the contours, of secular political philosophy. He advocates a pragmatic approach to helping restore secularism's fortunes, an approach that stresses the need to broaden secularism's appeal and engage "secularish" (religious but open-minded) allies.

Verdict: It is refreshing to read a secularist who understands religion and religious people. Berlinerblau is fair to his Revivalist opponents, and concedes (sometimes too much) the force of their arguments. Berlinerblau's pragmatic approach and fair tone keep his book from being a rousing call to arms, but he is correct that militancy alienates many potential allies. Martha Nussbaum's Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality is recommended for those seeking more academic heft.

-Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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.

www.jacquesberlinerblau.com

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