Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism (Hardcover)

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""Many in elite circles yield to the temptation to believe that anyone who disagrees with them is a bigot or a religious fundamentalist. Reason and science, they confidently believe, are on their side. With this book, I aim to expose the emptiness of t...

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Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He has received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement, and the Canterbury Medal of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and has served on the PresidentÂ’s Council on Bioethics and the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Professor George holds degrees from Swarthmore, Harvard, and Oxford, as well as many honorary degrees. A regular guest on television and radio and a frequent contributor to popular and scholarly publications, he is the author ofThe Clash of Orthodoxies and coauthor of What Is Marriage? and Embryo: A Defense of Human Life.
""Many in elite circles yield to the temptation to believe that anyone who disagrees with them is a bigot or a religious fundamentalist. Reason and science, they confidently believe, are on their side. With this book, I aim to expose the emptiness of that belief." --From the introductionAssaults on religious liberty and traditional morality are growing fiercer. Here, at last, is the counterattack.Showcasing the talents that have made him one of America's most acclaimed and influential thinkers, Robert P.George explodes the myth that the secular elite represents the voice of reason. In fact, George shows, it is on the elite side of the cultural divide where the prevailing views frequently are nothing but articles of faith. Conscience and Its Enemies reveals the bankruptcy of these too often smugly held orthodoxies while presenting powerfully reasoned arguments for classical virtues.In defending what James Madison called the "sacred rights of conscience"--rights for which government shows frightening contempt--George grapples with today's most controversial issues: abortion and infanticide, same-sex marriage, genetic manipulation, euthanasia and assisted suicide, religion in politics, judicial activism, and more. His brilliantly argued essays rely not on theological claims or religious authority but on established scientific facts and a philosophical tradition that extends back to Plato and Aristotle.Conscience and Its Enemies elevates our national debates. It sets forth powerful arguments that secular liberals are unaccustomed to hearing--and that embattled defenders of traditional morality so often fail to marshal. It also lays out the principles and arguments for rebuilding a moral order"--

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ISBN 9781610170703
Genre POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General
Format Hardcover
Pages 290
Publisher Date 2013-06-03 00:00:00.0
Publisher Intercollegiate Studies Inst
Copyright Year 2013
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.25 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.2 lb
Language English
Subtitle Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism
Series Name American Ideals and Institutions
Audience General/trade
Authors George, Robert P.

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