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Recognizing Religion


Recognizing Religion in a Secular Society (McGill-Queen's 2004) probes the vital but fractious relation between law, politics, and religion. H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin, William Galston, David Novak, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Iain Benson, Margaret Somerville, H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr, and editor Douglas Farrow offer essays that adroitly reconfigure the debate about religion and public life.

The book is dedicated to the late Claude Ryan, who provides its foreword. It was launched on 8 October 2004 in celebration of the second anniversary of the original PRPP conference, and in conjunction with the inaugural Claude Ryan Lecture in Catholic Social Thought. Professor Russell Hittinger of the University of Tulsa spoke on the topic, “Secularity and the Anthropological Problem."

"This is a splendid collection of essays... The opening essay by Prince El Hassan bin Talal, on Islamic understandings of the relationship of religion and government, is fascinating and extremely timely. This is a bold and original collection." – Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

Recognizing Religion in a Secular Society "challenges the assumption ... that public secularism implies a religiously neutral public square." – Jonathan Chaplin, Director, Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge

"No one can read this book without being shaken, and edified." – John Witte, Jr., Emory University.