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

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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.

About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393067958
ISBN-10: 0393067955
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 27th, 2010
Pages: 251
Language: English