"The Culture Of Disbelief" hasbeen the subject of an enormous amount of mediaattention from the first moment it was published.Hugely successful in hardcover, the Anchor paperbackis sure to find a large audience as theever-increasing, enduring debate about the relationship ofchurch and state in America continues. In "TheCulture Of Disbelief," Stephen Carterexplains how we can preserve the vital separation ofchurch and state while embracing rather thantrivializing the faith of millions of citizens ortreating religious believers with disdain. What makesCarter's work so intriguing is that he uses liberalmeans to arrive at what are often consideredconservative ends. Explaining how preserving a specialrole for religious communities can strengthen ourdemocracy, "The Culture Of Disbelief"recovers the long tradition of liberal religiouswitness (for example, the antislavery, antisegregation, and Vietnam-era antiwar movements). Carterargues that the problem with the 1992 Republicanconvention was not the "fact" ofopen religious advocacy, but the "politicalpositions" being advocated.
"Rational argument rarely seems as warm, as human, as it does in this book...Carter leads the reader to contemplate the embattled constitutional wall between the state and religion, and he does so without furor, without dogma, with only the qualities he envisions in the ideal public square: moderation, restraint, respect." -- The New Yorker.