American Secularism

American Secularism
Author: Joseph O. Baker,Buster G. Smith
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-09-25
ISBN: 1479873721
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Secularism Book Excerpt:

A rapidly growing number of Americans are embracing life outside the bounds of organized religion. Although America has long been viewed as a fervently religious Christian nation, survey data shows that more and more Americans are identifying as “not religious.” There are more non-religious Americans than ever before, yet social scientists have not adequately studied or typologized secularities, and the lived reality of secular individuals in America has not been astutely analyzed. American Secularism documents how changes to American society have fueled these shifts in the non-religious landscape and examines the diverse and dynamic world of secular Americans. This volume offers a theoretical framework for understanding secularisms. It explores secular Americans’ thought and practice to understand secularisms as worldviews in their own right, not just as negations of religion. Drawing on empirical data, the authors examine how people live secular lives and make meaning outside of organized religion. Joseph O. Baker and Buster G. Smith link secularities to broader issues of social power and organization, providing an empirical and cultural perspective on the secular landscape. In so doing, they demonstrate that shifts in American secularism are reflective of changes in the political meanings of “religion” in American culture. American Secularism addresses the contemporary lived reality of secular individuals, outlining forms of secular identity and showing their connection to patterns of family formation, sexuality, and politics, providing scholars of religion with a more comprehensive understanding of worldviews that do not include traditional religion. Data Analyses Appendix Instructor's Guide

Church State and the Crisis in American Secularism

Church  State  and the Crisis in American Secularism
Author: Bruce Ledewitz
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2011-06-01
ISBN: 0253001366
Category: Law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Church State and the Crisis in American Secularism Book Excerpt:

Since 1947, the Supreme Court has promised government neutrality toward religion, but in a nation whose motto is "In God We Trust" and which pledges allegiance to "One Nation under God," the public square is anything but neutral -- a paradox not lost on a rapidly secularizing America and a point of contention among those who identify all expressions of religion by government as threats to a free society. Yeshiva student turned secularist, Bruce Ledewitz seeks common ground for believers and nonbelievers regarding the law of church and state. He argues that allowing government to promote higher law values through the use of religious imagery would resolve the current impasse in the interpretation of the Establishment Clause. It would offer secularism an escape from its current tendency toward relativism in its dismissal of all that religion represents and encourage a deepening of the expression of meaning in the public square without compromising secular conceptions of government.

Race and Secularism in America

Race and Secularism in America
Author: Jonathon S. Kahn,Vincent W. Lloyd
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-03-01
ISBN: 0231541279
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Race and Secularism in America Book Excerpt:

This anthology draws bold comparisons between secularist strategies to contain, privatize, and discipline religion and the treatment of racialized subjects by the American state. Specializing in history, literature, anthropology, theology, religious studies, and political theory, contributors expose secularism's prohibitive practices in all facets of American society and suggest opportunities for change.

Culture and Redemption

Culture and Redemption
Author: Tracy Fessenden
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2011-06-27
ISBN: 1400837308
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Culture and Redemption Book Excerpt:

Many Americans wish to believe that the United States, founded in religious tolerance, has gradually and naturally established a secular public sphere that is equally tolerant of all religions--or none. Culture and Redemption suggests otherwise. Tracy Fessenden contends that the uneven separation of church and state in America, far from safeguarding an arena for democratic flourishing, has functioned instead to promote particular forms of religious possibility while containing, suppressing, or excluding others. At a moment when questions about the appropriate role of religion in public life have become trenchant as never before, Culture and Redemption radically challenges conventional depictions--celebratory or damning--of America's "secular" public sphere. Examining American legal cases, children's books, sermons, and polemics together with popular and classic works of literature from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, Culture and Redemption shows how the vaunted secularization of American culture proceeds not as an inevitable by-product of modernity, but instead through concerted attempts to render dominant forms of Protestant identity continuous with democratic, civil identity. Fessenden shows this process to be thoroughly implicated, moreover, in practices of often-violent exclusion that go to the making of national culture: Indian removals, forced acculturations of religious and other minorities, internal and external colonizations, and exacting constructions of sex and gender. Her new readings of Emerson, Whitman, Melville, Stowe, Twain, Gilman, Fitzgerald, and others who address themselves to these dynamics in intricate and often unexpected ways advance a major reinterpretation of American writing.

Pious and Secular America

Pious and Secular America
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2001-08-31
ISBN: 1579107400
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The American Secular Union

The American Secular Union
Author: American Secular Union,James Ferdinand Morton
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 24
Release: 1910
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Free thought
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Oxford Handbook of Secularism

The Oxford Handbook of Secularism
Author: Phil Zuckerman,John R. Shook
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 778
Release: 2017
ISBN: 0199988455
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Secularism Book Excerpt:

The Oxford Handbook of Secularism offers a wide-ranging examination of secularism on a global scale, bringing together an international collection of views from prominent experts in a variety of fields. This volume reflects the impressive level of academic attention now given to secularism across the humanities, social sciences, law and public policy, and international relations.

Organized Secularism in the United States

Organized Secularism in the United States
Author: Ryan T. Cragun,Christel Manning,Lori L. Fazzino
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2017-11-07
ISBN: 3110441950
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Organized Secularism in the United States Book Excerpt:

Recent decades have witnessed the dramatic growth of an organized secularist movement that serves the needs of and advocates for the nonreligious. This volume brings together the latest research on organized secularism in the US, including its history, institution building, activist and political strategies, and its social functions in the lives of secularist individuals and families

Freethinkers

Freethinkers
Author: Susan Jacoby
Publsiher: Metropolitan Books
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2005-01-07
ISBN: 1429934751
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Freethinkers Book Excerpt:

An authoritative history of the vital role of secularist thinkers and activists in the United States, from a writer of "fierce intelligence and nimble, unfettered imagination" (The New York Times) At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful defense of the secularist heritage that gave Americans the first government in the world founded not on the authority of religion but on the bedrock of human reason. In impassioned, elegant prose, celebrated author Susan Jacoby paints a striking portrait of more than two hundred years of secularist activism, beginning with the fierce debate over the omission of God from the Constitution. Moving from nineteenth-century abolitionism and suffragism through the twentieth century's civil liberties, civil rights, and feminist movements, Freethinkers illuminates the neglected accomplishments of secularists who, allied with liberal and tolerant religious believers, have stood at the forefront of the battle for reforms opposed by reactionary forces in the past and today. Rich with such iconic figures as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Clarence Darrow—as well as once-famous secularists such as Robert Green Ingersoll, "the Great Agnostic"—Freethinkers restores to history generations of dedicated humanists. It is they, Jacoby shows, who have led the struggle to uphold the combination of secular government and religious liberty that is the glory of the American system.

This Earthly Frame

This Earthly Frame
Author: David Sehat
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2022-02-22
ISBN: 030026562X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

This Earthly Frame Book Excerpt:

An award-winning scholar’s sweeping history of American secularism, from Jefferson to Trump “An essential book for understanding today’s culture wars. Sehat’s clear-eyed and elegant narrative will change how you think about our supposedly secular age.”—Molly Worthen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill In This Earthly Frame, David Sehat narrates the making of American secularism through its most prominent proponents and most significant detractors. He shows how its foundations were laid in the U.S. Constitution and how it fully emerged only in the twentieth century. Religious and nonreligious Jews, liberal Protestants, apocalyptic sects like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and antireligious activists all used the courts and the constitutional language of the First Amendment to create the secular order. Then, over the past fifty years, many religious conservatives turned against that order, emphasizing their religious freedom. Avoiding both polemic and lament, Sehat offers a powerful reinterpretation of American secularism and a clear framework for understanding the religiously infused conflict of the present.

American Judaism in Transition

American Judaism in Transition
Author: Gerhard Falk
Publsiher: University Press of America
Total Pages: 411
Release: 1995
ISBN: 9780761800163
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Judaism in Transition Book Excerpt:

The American Jewish community is in transition. This book describes in detail how American Jews changed from living in a religion-oriented community to living a secular life. Falk discusses how Jewish Americans were greatly influenced by the secularization of Western civilization in general and by the Christian community in Europe and America specifically. The secularization of American Jewish institutions is analyzed by discussing changes in the Jewish religion, Jewish education and Jewish organizations during this century. Special consideration is given to the issue of Jewish survival in America with specific emphasis on the Jewish-Christian intermarriage rate. Contents: Part One: The Present Condition of Judaism in America; The American Jewish at the End of the 20th Century; Part Two: The Development of Secularization in the Western World; The Influence of Jewish Philosophers on the Secularization of Judaism; The Influence of Christians and Other Philosophers on the Secularization of the Western World; The Secularization of the U.S. before 1900; The Influence of Scientific Thinking on the Secularization Process; The Influence of Some European and American Writers on the Secularization Process; The Secularization of the United States in the 20th Century; Part Three: American Jewish Institutions at the End of the Century; The Secularization of the Jewish Religion in America; The Secularization of the American Jewish Family; The Secularization of American Jewish Education; Organized American Jewishness at the End of the 20th Century; Part Four: Jewish Continuity in a Secular Society; The Secular Life in America; Jewish Survival in America.

Secular Trend in the Stature and Weight of Mexican American Children in Texas Between 1930 and 1970

Secular Trend in the Stature and Weight of Mexican American Children in Texas Between 1930 and 1970
Author: Robert M. Malina,Anthony Noe Zavaleta
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 9
Release: 1982
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Children
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Trend in the Stature and Weight of Mexican American Children in Texas Between 1930 and 1970 Book Excerpt:

Sincerely Held

Sincerely Held
Author: Charles McCrary
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2022-04-08
ISBN: 0226817946
Category: Law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sincerely Held Book Excerpt:

A novel account of the relationship between sincerity, religious freedom, and the secular in the United States. “Sincerely held religious belief” is now a common phrase in discussions of American religious freedom, from opinions handed down by the US Supreme Court to local controversies. The “sincerity test” of religious belief has become a cornerstone of US jurisprudence, framing what counts as legitimate grounds for First Amendment claims in the eyes of the law. In Sincerely Held, Charles McCrary provides an original account of how sincerely held religious belief became the primary standard for determining what legally counts as authentic religion. McCrary skillfully traces the interlocking histories of American sincerity, religion, and secularism starting in the mid-nineteenth century. He analyzes a diverse archive, including Herman Melville’s novel The Confidence-Man, vice-suppressing police, Spiritualist women accused of being fortune-tellers, eclectic conscientious objectors, secularization theorists, Black revolutionaries, and anti-LGBTQ litigants. Across this history, McCrary reveals how sincerity and sincerely held religious belief developed as technologies of secular governance, determining what does and doesn’t entitle a person to receive protections from the state. This fresh analysis of secularism in the United States invites further reflection on the role of sincerity in public life and religious studies scholarship, asking why sincerity has come to matter so much in a supposedly “post-truth” era.

Secular Surge

Secular Surge
Author: David E. Campbell,Geoffrey C. Layman,John C. Green
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-12-03
ISBN: 1108918344
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Surge Book Excerpt:

American society is rapidly secularizing–a radical departure from its historically high level of religiosity–and politics is a big part of the reason. Just as, forty years ago, the Religious Right arose as a new political movement, today secularism is gaining traction as a distinct and politically energized identity. This book examines the political causes and political consequences of this secular surge, drawing on a wealth of original data. The authors show that secular identity is in part a reaction to the Religious Right. However, while the political impact of secularism is profound, there may not yet be a Secular Left to counterbalance the Religious Right. Secularism has introduced new tensions within the Democratic Party while adding oxygen to political polarization between Democrats and Republicans. Still there may be opportunities to reach common ground if politicians seek to forge coalitions that encompass both secular and religious Americans.

Secular Surge

Secular Surge
Author: David E. Campbell,Geoffrey C. Layman,John C. Green
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2020-12-03
ISBN: 1108831133
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Surge Book Excerpt:

Many Americans are turning away from religion. Will a Secular Left rise to counter the Religious Right?

Religious America Secular Europe

Religious America  Secular Europe
Author: Peter L. Berger,Grace Davie,Effie Fokas
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9780754660118
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious America Secular Europe Book Excerpt:

Europe is a relatively secular part of the world in global terms. Why is this so? And why is the situation in Europe so different from that in the United States?The first chapter of this book - the theme - articulates this contrast. The remaining chapters - the variations - look in turn at the historical, philosophical, institutional and sociological dimensions of these differences. Key ideas are examined in detail, among them: constitutional issues; the Enlightenment; systems of law, education and welfare; questions of class, ethnicity, gender and generation. In each chapter both the similarities and differences between the European and the American cases are carefully scrutinized. The final chapter explores the ways in which these features translate into policy on both sides of the Atlantic. This book is highly topical and relates very directly to current misunderstandings between Europe and America.

Secular and Religious

Secular and Religious
Author: Edmund Byrne
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2011-05-31
ISBN: 1456751891
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular and Religious Book Excerpt:

In the United States, separation of church and state is maintained to avoid religion-centered controversy. In recent decades, though, a politically active religious right has sought to return government to what they claim are its Christian origins. By contrast, many American philosophers favor an unwavering secularism to keep church and state duly separate. Byrne responds in this book by seeking a more nuanced and open-ended relationship between religious groups and secular processes. Granting there have been religion-based excesses in the United States, he qualifies their significance by reminding readers that unconstrained secularism often engenders an intolerant civil religion. Next he discusses how US courts have gone about setting legal limits to religious influence, especially in publicly funded schools. Calling this a matter of border control, he indicates that US courts are now somewhat accommodating of religious groups in K-12 settings. But in the past, he shows, they required public schools to be quite rigorously secular; so religious groups, in particular the Roman Catholics, founded schools that could include religious instruction. Finally, drawing on group rights theory, he argues that a commitment to church/state separation need not preclude religious groups from participating in public sector processes. To make his case for religious groups he (1) shows the need to operate in and through groups to influence government; (2) addresses moral difficulties that a political system faces if it is open to group-generated input; (3) recognizes that worthy causes can be better advanced by organized groups than by unconnected individuals; and (4) claims this is so whether the cause is advanced by religious or non-religious groups. His conclusion: a group organized around a religious motif should neither be summarily excluded from nor exceptionally favored in secular deliberations as to public policy and practice.

The Secular Revolution

The Secular Revolution
Author: Christian Smith,William R Kenan Jr Professor of Sociology and Director Christian Smith
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 484
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9780520230002
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secular Revolution Book Excerpt:

This collection presents a radical rethinking of the secularization of American public life.

The Secular State Under Siege

The Secular State Under Siege
Author: Christian Joppke
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2015-04-22
ISBN: 0745691404
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secular State Under Siege Book Excerpt:

Throughout human history, religion and politics have entertained the most intimate of connections as systems of authority regulating individuals and society. While the two have come apart through the process of secularization, secularism is challenged today by the return of public religion. This cogent analysis unravels the nature of the connection, disconnection, and attempted reconnection between religion and politics in the West. In a comparison of Western Europe and North America, Christianity and Islam, Joppke advances far-reaching theoretical, historical, and comparative-political arguments. With respect to theory, it is argued that only a “substantive” concept of religion, as pertaining to the existence of supra-human powers, opens up the possibility of a historical-comparative perspective on religion. At the level of history, secularization is shown to be the distinct outcome of Latin Christianity itself. And at the level of comparative politics, the Christian Right in America which has attacked the “wall of separation” between religion and state and Islam in Europe with the controversial insistence on sharia law and other “illiberal” claims from some quarters are taken to be counterpart incarnations of public religion and challenges to the secular state. This clearly argued, sweeping book will provide an invaluable framework for approaching an array of critical issues at the intersection of religion, law and politics for advanced students and researchers across the social sciences and legal studies, as well as for the interested public.

American Book Publishing Record

American Book Publishing Record
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2004
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: American literature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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