The Godless Constitution by Isaac Kramnick
The Case Against Religious Correctness

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No issue has disturbed American politics more than the attempt by the Christian right to dismantle the traditional wall between church and state erected by the framers of the Constitution. Efforts to inject religious issues into the secular business of democratic government, and extravagant claims that America was founded as a Christian nation and that it should return to that condition, have led opponents to argue that the absence of any mention of God in the Constitution was a conscious action on the part of the framers, intended to prevent the bloody religious controversies that had marked European history. In this polemic two scholars refute the attempt to introduce what they term "religious correctness" into American politics. This text suggests a return to the first principles of democracy and offers a guide to keeping them intact.

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Isaac Kramnick is Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government at Cornell University. He is the author of "The Godless Constitution." Theodore J. Lowi has been John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions at Cornell University since 1972. Among his numerous books are "The End of Liberalism" and "The Pursuit of Justice", on which he collaborated with Robert F. Kennedy. About the Author: R. Laurence Moore is Professor of History at Cornell University and author of Religious Outsiders and the Making of Americans.
Published January 1, 1996 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 191 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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A sound and spirited defense of the wall of separation between church and state.

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While neither a full nor a particularly sophisticated treatment of the issue of church/state separation, this is a compelling rebuttal to those who claim that America is a Christian nation. The author

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The authors believe that while the Constitution does not exclude religion from the public square, it offers no special privileges;

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