Our friend Tom Berg, a professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School–Minnesota and a participant in the Center’s Tradition Project and other programs, is one of the country’s best known scholars of church and state. Next month, he comes out with a new book on the subject from Eerdman’s, Religious Liberty in a Polarized Age, arguing against a selective approach to religious freedom–“yes” for my allies, “no” for my opponents–and for a balanced commitment to religious freedom in the interests of social harmony. Anything Tom writes is worth reading and this looks like a very interesting book, indeed. Here’s the description from the Eerdman’s site:

As our political and social landscapes polarize along party lines, religious liberty faces threats from both sides. From antidiscrimination commissions targeting conservative Christians to travel bans punishing Muslims, recent litigation has revealed the selective approach both left and right take when it comes to freedom of religion. But what if religious liberty is part of the cure for our political division? 
Drawing on constitutional law, history, and sociology, Thomas C. Berg shows us how reaffirming religious freedom cultivates the good of individuals and society. After explaining the features of polarization and the societal benefits of diverse religious practices, Berg offers practical counsel on balancing religious freedom against other essential values. 
Protecting Americans’ ability to live according to their beliefs undergirds a healthy, pluralistic society—and this protection must extend to everyone, not just political allies. Lay readers and legal scholars who are weary of partisan quarreling will find Berg’s case timely and compelling.

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