Faith on Trial: Communities of Faith, the First Amendment, and the Theory of Deep DiversityDavid E. Guinn
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The Supreme Court justices should read this book! So should anyone interested in the future of religious freedom in America. As the Terri Schiavo case illustrates, religion is in the public sphere. What is the meaning of separation of church and state? What is the future of religious freedom? In this carefully argued book, Guinn does not shy away from tough questions or cases: school prayer, taxation of religious organizations, conscientious objection, female circumcision are all grist for the mill. Guinn proposes a new look at America's tradition of religious freedom based on a model of 'deep diversity.' Whether your interest is legal theory, political philosophy, or religious traditions, this book is for you. — Karen Lebacqz, Yale University The Supreme Court's jurisprudence on religion and the state has often been criticized as intentionally confused, or as inconsistent with the nation's history. But David Guin's adds a crucial intellectual foundation for critiques of the Court. His theory of “deep diversity” cogently explains why neither a secular public square nor a favored religion can serve as the basis for church-state relations in America that is both remarkably devout and pluralistic. And he points the way to better alternatives. — Thomas C. Berg, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota In a creative combination of legal and philosophical analysis, Guinn criticizes the Supreme Court's first amendment decisions and articulates a compelling alternate jurisprudence. — Clark E. Cochran, Texas Tech Guinn's theory of deep diversity acknowledges the special place of religion as a culture-bearing, or “mediating” institution between the individual and the state... His book is part liberal treatise, part cultural anthropology, and part critical analysis of our current First Amendment jurisprudence... It is a fine effort to extend the implications of Taylor's work into the area of public law. Law and Politics Book Review