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Author: Paul Horwitz
Isbn: 9780199737727
Pages: 352
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Place: Oxford
Published/Year: 2011
Category: n\a

Description

The Agnostic Age provides a way to understand and balance the conflicts that inevitably arise when neighbors struggle with neighbors, and when liberal democracy tries to reach common ground with religious beliefs and practices.

Paul Horwitz argues that the fundamental reason for the church-state conflict is our aversion to questions of religious truth. By trying to avoid the question of religious truth, law and religion has ultimately only reached a state of incoherence. He asserts that the answer to this dilemma is to take "the agnostic turn": to take an empathetic and imaginative approach to questions of religious truth, one that actually confronts rather than avoids these questions, but without reaching a final judgment about what that truth is.

This book offers a sensitive and sensible approach to questions of church-state conflict, justifying what the courts have done in some cases and demanding new results in others. It explains how the church-state conflict extends beyond law and religion itself, and goes to some of the central questions at the heart of the troubled relationship between religion and liberal democracy in a post-9/11 era.


Table of contentsIntroduction

PART ONE: THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT: THE COLLAPSE OF THE LIBERAL CONSENSUS IN LAW AND SOCIETY

Chapter One: Religion Under Attack/Liberalism Under Attack

Chapter Two: Pilate's Shrug: The Sad Saga of Modern Law and Religion Theory

PART TWO: GETTING TO MAYBE: THE AGNOSTIC TURN

Chapter Three: Empathetic Agnosticism

Chapter Four: The New Commissars of Enlightenment: Of the New Atheists, the Anti-New Atheists, and Agnosticism

Chapter Five: Constitutional Agnosticism

PART THREE: PUTTING CONSTITUTIONAL AGNOSTICISM TO WORK

Chapter Six: Constitutional Agnosticism and Free Exercise of Religion

Chapter Seven: Constitutional Agnosticism and the Establishment Clause: One Nation Under ___?

PART FOUR: CONSTITUTIONAL AGNOSTICISM, RELIGION, AND LIBERAL DEMOCRACY

Chapter Eight: Easing the Tension . . . But Not Ending It

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