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Bleached FaithThe Tragic Cost When Religion Is Forced into the Public Square$
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Steven Goldberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758611

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758611.001.0001

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Neither France nor Iran: Religious Freedom in America

Neither France nor Iran: Religious Freedom in America

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(p.94) Chapter 5 Neither France nor Iran: Religious Freedom in America
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Bleached Faith
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758611.003.0005

In America, Christianity has avoided the decline it has suffered in Western Europe. At the same time, other faiths flourish here as well. Analyzing the reasons for the success of religion in America shifts our attention away from the morass that characterizes religion in the public square to the more important protections for faith that must be preserved. This chapter begins by looking at the cultural and legal basis for religious freedom in America. It then shows why a forced marriage of church and state is good for neither.

Keywords:   America, religious freedom, Christianity, church, state, faith

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