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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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(p.129) Chapter 6 Conclusion
Bleached Faith
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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It argues that the bleached faith seen around us is not the inevitable product of American law. It is the result of mistaken policy choices. True religious faith flourishes in America, fully protected by the Constitution and traditions. People of all faiths can worship, proselytize, and take political commitments shaped by their religious beliefs into public debate. But the future of religion in America is threatened when it surrenders to government, science, and popular culture by watering down its symbols and teachings. That surrender can be and should be resisted by people of faith throughout the United States.

Keywords:   religion, America, religious faith, religious symbols, religious beliefs

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