Religion: Perils of Freedom

Religious freedom is one of the fundamentals of the American creed. But how does religion fare in the free society of the U.S.? This week four scholars—Protestant, Jewish, Roman Catholic—deal with the question in a new study sponsored by the Fund for the Republic. * All express a surprisingly common concern: U.S. religion is in more peril than U.S. freedom.

In "the widely prevalent and intellectually debilitating relativism" of American life, writes Presbyterian William Lee Miller, Yale Divinity School professor, religion is being spiritually sapped. For Americans religion is apt to be "the...

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