How to Be Secular Reviews
"[A] reasoned blueprint for an organized secular movement to regain its political power." - Publishers Weekly
Passionately arguing secularism as essential for observance of the First Amendments religion clauses, Berlinerblau eloquently divorces it from absolute separation and atheism, traces its history, emphasizing the mid-twentieth-century period of its greatest influence and the expansion of civil rights that abetted, and advocates its revival. - Booklist
Berlinerblau offers a solid history of secularism in America and a defense of its virtues at a time when conservative Christians attack it as a moral evil and advance the 'flawed' idea that one cannot be both religious and secular...An impassioned argument for 'a firm and dignified defense of the imperiled secularish virtues and moderation, toleration, and self-criticism.' - Kirkus Reviews
"How to Be Secular serves as an important reminder that, as I have noted in the past, we protect our rights to our personal beliefs by preserving the rights of our neighbors to believe otherwise. I agree wholeheartedly with Berlinerblaus argument and highly recommend this powerful book." - Mario M. Cuomo, Former New York State Governor
"As someone whose faith is an important part of his life, I highly recommend this book and Berlinblaus defense of religious freedom. With great insight and clarity, he explains why it is important to protect and preserve secularism as a philosophy and he then lays out a twelve step program to revive it." - Ambassador Dennis Ross, Counselor to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and former U.S. peace envoy to the Middle East
"In this new look at church-state relations in America, Berlinerblau manages to be serious and sprightly in equal measure. This is a call to reject extremism of any sort and return to the American genius for accommodation of our differenceseven, indeed especially, our differences over the role of religion in our public life." - Elliot Abrams, former Deputy National Security Advisor
"This book brought tears to my secular Jewish eyes, it was so good. Berlinerbau is not just an astonishing secular thinker; he knows how to turn a phrase, and he knows how to keep the pages turning. Now put that down that tefillin and read it!" - Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story, among others.
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