The Religious Origins of American Freedom and Equality: A Response to John Rawls

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780739194560: The Religious Origins of American Freedom and Equality: A Response to John Rawls
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The metaphor of a “wall of separation” between church and state obscures the substantial connection that exists between the Christian religion and American liberalism. The central thesis of this work challenges the legitimacy of this metaphor as it appears in Supreme Court decisions and in the thought of the philosopher John Rawls. The Religious Origins of American Freedom and Equality provides a provocative interpretation of the nature of Christian and liberal principles, suggesting that the principles of individual freedom and equality were forged even within the conservative elements of Calvinism and Puritanism. Recognition of this substantial intellectual connection has the potential to help reshape our conception of the separation of church and state by tempering the opposition between religious and political concepts and values.

The purpose of The Religious Origins of American Freedom and Equality then, is to contribute to an understanding of public reason that is more open to the contributions of religious perspectives. The work attempts to show how religious doctrines, currently obscured by historical context and hermeneutical dogmatism, have nonetheless played a formative role in the evolution of the freedom and equality that is foundational to contemporary liberalism. Understanding the genesis of the concepts of freedom and equality tempers the conceptual opposition between church and state and allows a clearer more inclusive interpretation of the nature of their separation.

The originality of the work is fourfold: (1) the challenge its central thesis poses to dominant constructions of public reason, freedom, and equality; (2) the interdisciplinary method through which it brings the findings of a variety of disciplines to bear on a central issues in political philosophy; (3) the challenge it brings to the analytic and pragmatic approach of contemporary liberalism through its assertion of the importance of historical context to contemporary ideas; and (4) the degree to which it engages theology in its relation to contemporary questions.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

David Peddle is associate vice president academic of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Review:

A great merit of David Peddle’s The Religious Origins of American Freedom and Equality is that it avoids both extremes of the Rawls debate. . . .Peddle’s book has the virtue of reminding us of the importance that religion played in America’s most formative years. It would be perilous to go forward forgetting from whence we came and the ideas that have shaped us. Peddle does a commendable job at keeping both directions in mind and what he has to say should be taken seriously by both the friends and foes of Rawls’s political theory. (Interpretation)

David Peddle's important new book, The Religious Origins of American Freedom and Equality, is a truly remarkable contribution to contemporary political philosophy. In it, he offers a serious critique of the Rawlsian paradigm and points to a deeper and more historically grounded account of the relation of church and state in America. The account of American liberalism given by Peddle not only corrects Rawls, but it serves the broader goal of moving beyond the calcified division between the 'religious right' and the 'secular left' by suggesting a new lens through which to view the roles of church and state in contemporary America.

Rooted in a serious engagement with the seventeenth- and eighteenth- century philosophical foundations of the American regime, as well as the recognition of the religious antecedents which provided the ground for the enlightenment thinkers, Peddle demonstrates that it is possible to connect religious life with objective political forms in a way that neither is threatened or truncated. Perhaps as remarkable as the intellectual undertaking itself is Peddle's humility of expression and accessible style that belies the breadth and depth of his scholarship. (Barry Craig, St. Thomas University)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 40.99
US$ 33.21

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780739189160: The Religious Origins of American Freedom and Equality: A Response to John Rawls

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0739189166 ISBN 13:  9780739189160
Publisher: Lexington Books, 2014
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

David Peddle
Published by Lexington Books, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0739194569 ISBN 13: 9780739194560
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, United States, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Religious Origins of American Freedom and Equality provides a compelling contribution to the discussion of the separation of church and state. Showing how the principles of freedom and equality on which separation is based have a religious origin, this book provides a vivid alternative to the construction of public reason in John Rawls s Political Liberalism. Seller Inventory # AAZ9780739194560

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.21
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

David Peddle
ISBN 10: 0739194569 ISBN 13: 9780739194560
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST0739194569. Seller Inventory # ST0739194569

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

David Peddle
Published by Lexington Books, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0739194569 ISBN 13: 9780739194560
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, United States, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Religious Origins of American Freedom and Equality provides a compelling contribution to the discussion of the separation of church and state. Showing how the principles of freedom and equality on which separation is based have a religious origin, this book provides a vivid alternative to the construction of public reason in John Rawls s Political Liberalism. Seller Inventory # AAZ9780739194560

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.85
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

David Peddle
ISBN 10: 0739194569 ISBN 13: 9780739194560
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 24799858-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 35.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Peddle, David
ISBN 10: 0739194569 ISBN 13: 9780739194560
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2015. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # TR-9780739194560

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

PEDDLE, DAVID
Published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers
ISBN 10: 0739194569 ISBN 13: 9780739194560
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0739194569

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 38.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

David Peddle
Published by Lexington Books
ISBN 10: 0739194569 ISBN 13: 9780739194560
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780739194560

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.14
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Peddle, David
Published by Lexington Books
ISBN 10: 0739194569 ISBN 13: 9780739194560
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0739194569 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2132677173

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 38.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Peddle, David
Published by Lexington Books (2015)
ISBN 10: 0739194569 ISBN 13: 9780739194560
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, 2015. Condition: New. Num Pages: 156 pages. BIC Classification: JPA; JPHC. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 229 x 152. . . 2015. Reprint. Paperback. . . . . . Seller Inventory # V9780739194560

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 43.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

David Peddle
Published by Lexington Books (2015)
ISBN 10: 0739194569 ISBN 13: 9780739194560
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Lexington Books, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780739194560_rkm

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 38.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.10
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book