The impossibility of religious freedom is an astonishing book winnifred sullivan once again demonstrates her flair for extracting a big lesson from a seemingly small event in this book a controversy over the allowable style of grave markers in a public cemetery in boca raton florida. Featuring a new preface by the author the impossibility of religious freedom offers a new take on a right deemed by many to be necessary for a free democratic society winnifred fallers sullivan is professor in the department of religious studies and affiliate professor in the maurer school of law at indiana university bloomington. The impossibility of religious freedom will generate important conversations not only in church state circles but among any student and scholar interested in religion and public life in postmodernity michael d mcnallyreligious studies review. Sullivan narrates the story of religious freedom denied in warner v boca raton to uncover the inherent impossibility of religious freedom the argument is that protecting religion requires defining religion and defining religion inevitably excludes especially minority faiths and folk religions that rely on oral communal traditions rather than institutional and historical precedent. But religious freedom in america is in fact impossible so argues this timely and iconoclastic work by law and religion scholar winnifred sullivan sullivan uses as the backdrop for the book the trial of warner vs boca raton a recent case concerning the laws that protect the free exercise of religion in america
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