Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Church and State: Reading List

Has Martin Marty read every book printed in his lifetime, or does it only seem that way? (I've heard stories.)

Fresh from "Sightings", the twice-weekly commentary from the Marty Center at the University of Chicago, Prof. Marty provides a short list of books to read if one wants to get a handle on the "church and state" brouhaha (and brouhaha hardly seems to capture the spirit of the current series of battles, does it?). You may read the posting here.

If you have any other suggestions, I'm open: Share them here.

I don't think that I've read any of the books in Marty's bulletin. But I intend to get John Witte's Relgion and the American Constitution. (See here.) I know two of his other books, and I doubt there is a better guy around with an understanding of the development of and the relationship between civil law and religious history. (Witte will be a presenter at the summer conference sponsored by the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology, "What is Marriage." Info is at the CCET website. Click on "Conferences.")

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