Religion as a Public Good: Jews and Other Americans on Religion in the Public Square explores the often controversial topic of how religion ought to relate to American public life. The sixteen distinguished contributors, both Jewish and Christian, reflect on the topic out of their own disciplines-social ethics, political theory, philosophy, law, history, theology, and sociology. and take a stand based on their religious convictions and political beliefs. The volume is at once scholarly and committed, polemic and civil, reflective and activist. Written in the shadow of 9/11, it invites a new consideration of how religion enhances democratic public life with full awareness of the dangers that religion can sometimes pose. The volume is polemical, as befits the topic, but also civil, as befits a dialogue about an issue of profound significance for democratic citizenship.
Alan Mittleman is professor of religion at Muhlenberg College. He served as director of the Jews and the American Public Square project and edited Jewish Polity and American Civil Society and Jews and the American Public Square.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Liberal Social Contract and the Privatization of Religion Chapter 3 "A Proper Blessing?": The Jew and the American Public Square Chapter 4 The Theological-Political Predicament of American Jewry Chapter 5 The Probable Persistence of American Jewish Liberalism Chapter 6 The Need for a Wall Separating Church and State: Why the Establishment Clause is So Important for Jews and Why Jews are So Important for the Establishment Clause Chapter 7 American Jewry, Pre- and Post-9/11 Chapter 8 Traditional Judaism and American Citizenship Chapter 9 A Jewish Policy on Church-State Relations Chapter 10 Jewish Law and American Public Policy: A Principled Jewish Law View and Some Practical Jewish Observations Chapter 11 Religious Diversity and the Common Good Chapter 12 Religion and the Public Good Chapter 13 Judaism Influencing American Public Philosophy Chapter 14 9/11 and the Aftershocks: Rethinking American Secularism and Religious Pluralism Chapter 15 The Jew in the American Public Square Chapter 16 From China to Jersey City: Religious Pluralism, Religious Liberty, and Human Rights Chapter 17 Afterword: Looking Forward: From Jewish Interest to Judaic Principle