Equal Treatment of Religion in Pluralistic Society
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Few areas of public policy in the United States are as politically contentious and legally confusing as church-state relations. And today the traditional view of a strict separation of church and state is being further confused by increasing levels of religious pluralism. This timely book provides the first analysis of a new paradigm for discussing church-state relations -- equal treatment, also sometimes referred to as neutrality -- that has growing popularity in Congress and has recently been used in several Supreme Court rulings. Ten leading scholars of constitutional law and political science trace the development of equal treatment theory, consider its implications for public policy and church-state relations, and evaluate it from a number of ideological perspectives.
Christopher J. Soper (Ph.D.,Political Science, Yale University) is Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University, California. He is the author of numerous books on the relationship between politics, welfare and religion some of his works include Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany, co-authored with Joel Fetzer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.), Equal Treatment of Religion in a Pluralistic Society (Eerdmans Press, 1998) with Stephen V. Monsma, The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Western Democracies (Rowman and Littlefield Press, 1997), with Stephen V. Monsma and Evangelical Christianity in the United States and Great Britain: Religious Beliefs, Political Choices (Macmillan and New York University Presses, 1994). -Editorial Review.
Steve V. Monsma (PhD, Michigan State University) is a senior research fellow at the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College and professor emeritus of political science at Pepperdine University. He has published widely in the fields of church-state relations and faith-based nonprofit organizations with such books as Healing for a Broken World: Christian Perspectives on Public Policy, (With J. Christopher Soper) Faith, Hope and Jobs: Welfare-to-Work in Los Angeles, Church-State Relations in Crisis: Debating Neutrality (with J. Christopher Soper, eds.) Equal Treatment of Religion in a Pluralistic Society and The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Five Democracies. -Editorial Review.