The rise and decline of american religious freedom steven d smith on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers familiar accounts of religious freedom in the united states often tell a story of visionary founders who broke from the centuries old patterns of christendom to establish a political arrangement committed to secular and religiously neutral government. The first amendment merely preserved the political status quo in matters of religion says steven d smith americas distinctive achievement was a commitment to open contestation between secularists and providentialists the rise and decline of american religious freedom steven d smith familiar accounts of religious freedom in the . The rise and decline of american religious freedom by steven d smith harvard 240 pages 3995 anyone who wants to understand the perilous condition of religious freedom in america should read this book. The present analysis takes at its point of departure the claims advanced by professor steven d smith a law professor at the university of san diego and a prominent scholar of the religion clauses in his new book the rise and decline of american religious freedom. The new august september issue of the must read journal first things includes my short but very favorable review of steven d smiths the rise and decline of american religious freedom anyone
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