This book is a fascinating and fair-minded exploration of what divides us in America. It also is a source of principled and practical suggestions for helping us bridge those divides. Kennedy doesn't make the mistake of seeking some mushy middle or urging one side in the culture wars to abandon its deeply held beliefs. Instead, her suggestions are aimed at creating an environment where we discuss and debate our differences in ways that are more informed, honest, and charitable. --Melissa Rogers, Visiting Professor of Religion and Public Policy at Wake Forest University Divinity School.
God and Country addresses the culture wars divisions in American society and attempts to lead us to a new formulation for civil discourse. Kennedy deftly unravels the competing ideologies that keep us talking past one another rather than engage in meaningful conversation. Her search for a core set of American norms places this book in the tradition of Jeffrey Stout s Democracy and Tradition, a significant cut above most of the competing literature. --Randall Balmer, Professor of American Religious History
Americans increasingly think in terms of red and blue. God and Country examines the religious roots of these cultural divisions in American political life. But instead of pitting a people of faith against a secular humanist elite, God and Country helps Americans understand the religious differences that divide, appreciate the public agreements that allow us to live with religious differences, evaluate how existing democratic processes alleviate divisions, and identify ways Americans can agree to disagree.
About the Author
Sheila Kennedy (J.D. Indiana University School of Law) is Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Baylor University Press (July 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932792996
- ISBN-13: 978-1932792997
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches