The Problem With Today's 'Religious Freedom'
Jack Rakove, the Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, is back with another prize-worthy book, Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience, a history of religious freedom in America. While Rakove warns readers that Beyond Belief is an “intentionally provocative work,” it was, at least to this reader, quite refreshing and reassuring during an era of fake news and alternative facts.
Instead of Virgil guiding us through Dante’s nine circles of hell, it’s Thomas Jefferson and James Madison who walk readers through the intellectual history of religious freedom in America. The sages of Monticello and Montpelier laid out the principles of religious liberty and disestablishment, more commonly known as the separation of church and state.
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