Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Last Freedom: Religion from the Public School to the Public Square

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Last Freedom: Religion from the Public School to the Public Square

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THE LAST FREEDOM: RELIGION FROM THE PUBLIC SCHOOL TO THE PUBLIC SQUARE by Joseph Viteritti Princeton University Press, 294 pages, $27.95

In his 1999 book, Choosing Equality, Joseph Viteritti presented a compelling and eloquent case, grounded in equality and religious liberty, for choice in education. He demolished the too often unexamined myths and exposed the widely ignored prejudices that have stymied reform efforts and entrenched an unjust and dysfunctional status quo. Now, in The Last Freedom, Viteritti treats with similar clarity and understanding broader questions relating to the rights of religious believers and the role of religious arguments in the public square of a constitutional democracy.

Like many other contemporary writers and commentators, Viteritti confronts the challenges that religious pluralism and deep disagreements about moral questions pose to public unity and political tranquility. …

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