America's Religious Wars: The Embattled Heart of Our Public Life

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Yale University Press
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author
Kathleen M. Sands is professor of American studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the author of Escape from Paradise: Evil and Tragedy in Feminist Theology.
"[Sands] writes of a long-standing conflict between 'anti-modernist religion and anti-religious modernism.'"--E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post
"Professor Sands offers a superb analysis of the foundation and separation paradigms that inform the American discourse over profound social and moral conflicts . . . [and] musters abundant historical evidence to make her principal points."--L. Ali Khan, New York Journal of Books
"Here is a book I recommend . . . a resource for our current struggles to embrace religion as both an essential component of our national history and culture and also as an ever-present sticking-point in accommodating our diverse population in a land committed to both faith and freedom. . . . [An] excellent book."--Dwight A. Moody, The Meetinghouse
"A new way of framing public debate that transcends the culture wars and forces us to grapple with the complexities of the actual interests, identities, histories, and desires at stake. A welcome and timely contribution from a scholar at the top of her game."--Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, author of Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion
"This is an outstanding entry into the controversies surrounding religion in American life. Insightful, provocative, and accessible, it makes a powerful case for the obfuscation, ambiguities, even incoherence that stalk religion talk."--Linell Cady, Arizona State University
"Kathleen Sands transcends false dualism and instead charges us to use conflicts as opportunities to reveal the living principles, the living heart, of our shared democracy. Her timely analysis is a refreshing and principled contribution to American democracy."--Nathan C. Walker, co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education
"In crystalline language and with a deeply informed historical sensibility, Sands traces the tangled intellectual roots of America's religious wars, showing what a dreadful and consequential mess Americans have made of one of their ostensibly deepest social values."--Robert Orsi, author of History and Presence