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Frederick Mark Gedicks

2007

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Uncivil Religion: Judeo Christianity And The Ten Commandments, Frederick Mark Gedicks Mar 2007

Uncivil Religion: Judeo Christianity And The Ten Commandments, Frederick Mark Gedicks

Frederick Mark Gedicks

I. INTRODUCTION: THE PERMISSIBLE ESTABLISHMENT? II. VARIETIES OF AMERICAN CIVIL RELIGION A. The Established Church B. “Nonsectarian” Protestantism C. Judeo-Christianity III. BEYOND JUDEO-CHRISTIANITY A. Unbelief and Eastern Religion B. Postmodern Spirituality C. Barely Believing IV. THE SECTARIANIZATION OF JUDEO-CHRISTIANITY A. The Decalogue Cases B. The Fiction of “Mere Acknowledgment” C. Sectarianization and the Return of Classic Tolerance V. CONCLUSION: THE PAST THAT IS NOT PRESENT The recent Decalogue Cases are the latest attempt to insulate American civil religion from Establishment Clause attack. A civil religion is a set of purportedly nondenominational symbols, rituals, and assumptions designed to create reverence of …