On the Square

From the April 2009 Print Edition

The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America by Richard John Neuhaus Eerdmans, 292 pages, $28 When you revisit an important book after the passage of years, you can’t be sure what you will find. The book may be even better than you remembered. Or it may not quite live up to . . . . Continue Reading »

The Wages of Advocacy

From the February 2008 Print Edition

Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality by Martha Nussbaum Basic Books, 320 pages, $27.50 Martha Nussbaum’s Liberty of Conscience is a blend mixed from approximately equal portions of John Rawls, Sandra Day O’Connor, and the pack of recent . . . . Continue Reading »

Conciliating Hatred

From the June/July 2004 Print Edition

In this more charitable interpretation, these Justices see themselves not as taking sides in the culture wars but rather as working to reconcile the warring factions. Things fall apart; the center (meaning the Court) must hold them together. A theme of conciliation and inclusion was apparent, for . . . . Continue Reading »

The Constitution in the Cave

From the May 2000 Print Edition

There’s an old and famous story about a community of people who live in a cave. Fires burn behind them, throwing shadows of various shapes onto the cave wall; and never having seen real objects in the sunlight, the cave people think these shadows are the only and most complete reality. One . . . . Continue Reading »