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The Agnostic Age: Law, Religion, and the Constitution

Paul Horwitz


This book provides a way to understand church–state conflict and the relationship between religion and liberal democracy in a contemporary era. It is argued that the fundamental reason for the church–state conflict is our aversion to questions of religious truth. By trying to avoid the question of religious truth, law and religion have ultimately reached a state of incoherence. It asserts that the answer to this dilemma is to take “the agnostic turn”—that is, to take an empathetic and imaginative approach to questions of religious truth, one that actually confronts rather than avoids these que ... More

Keywords: church–state conflict, religion, liberal democracy, religious beliefs, religious truth, the agnostic turn

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199737727
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737727.001.0001


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Paul Horwitz, author
University of Alabama School of Law
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