By Michael McGough

ISBN-10: 0313351074

ISBN-13: 9780313351075

Like any realignment in politics, the Democratic takeover of Congress within the 2006 midterm elections encouraged a raft of immediate analyses. One tackle the implications that's definitely unsuitable is that the switch accountable for Congress and the spike in Democratic hopes for the 2008 presidential race mark an finish to the tradition wars that traditional knowledge blamed (or credited) for George W. Bush's re-election in 2004. This e-book units the level for a brand new attention of the modern tradition wars through studying their antecedents—from the Scopes trial to Prohibition to the talk over the superb Court's desegregation and school-prayer rulings to loyalty-oath battles of the Nineteen Fifties to the pre- Roe v. Wade crusade to liberalize abortion legislation. Even during periods of intended conformism, americans were awarded with competing claims approximately what kind of tradition this can be and the way and to what quantity executive should still mirror, and police, values. the writer covers such subject matters as same-sex marriage, stem mobile learn, clever layout, and different scorching button matters which are debated not only among the spiritual and secular, yet a growing number of one of the ranks of the spiritual themselves, the place a non secular left has emerged to counter arguments from the spiritual correct. a person attracted to the intersection of faith and politics, within the upward push of the so-called ethical majority, and within the present situation with reference to values and public existence in the United States will achieve a greater realizing from interpreting this book.

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The popularity of homeschooling among religious conservatives can be justified as a defensive action against values-unfriendly public education; but it also amounts to giving up on the unifying tradition of the common school. If conservative culture warriors are tempted by too cramped a notion of “one nation,” liberal culture warriors arguably favor too loose a conception of national unity, one that consists entirely of notions of free speech and political participation and forswears any notion of a unifying American culture.

The notion that America can happily embrace many cultures—which often involves a facile equation of race or ethnicity with culture—troubles not only naı¨ve supporters of color-blindness but some supporters of affirmative action. In her majority opinion in Grutter v. Bollinger, the University of Michigan Law School case, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor agreed that the law school’s insistence on enrolling a “critical mass” of racial minorities served the educational purpose of promoting racial understanding and breaking down stereotypes.

But both Catholic and Protestant theologians have rejected the notion that a creator God is a kind of craftsman or engineer. For example, the Catholic biblical scholar and theologian Luke Timothy Johnson has written: “The Christian confession of God as creator is not theory about how things came to be, but a perception of how everything is still and is always coming into being. God’s self-disclosure in creation, therefore, is not like the traces of the watchmaker in his watch. God is revealed in the world first of all not through the ‘whatness’ of things but through the ‘isness’ of things.

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