Free to Believe
The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America
by Luke Goodrich
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Pub Date 22 Oct 2019 | Archive Date Not set
WaterBrook & Multnomah, Multnomah
WINNER OF THE CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARD® • THE GOSPEL COALITION'S BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR, PUBLIC THEOLOGY & CURRENT EVENTS • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY WORLD MAGAZINE
Many Americans feel like their religious freedom is under attack. They see the culture changing around them, and they fear that their beliefs will soon be punished as a form of bigotry. Others think these fears are overblown and say Christians should stop complaining about imaginary persecution.
In Free to Believe leading religious freedom attorney Luke Goodrich challenges both sides of this debate, offering a fresh perspective on the most controversial religious freedom conflicts today. With penetrating insights on gay rights, abortion rights, Islam, and the public square, Goodrich argues that threats to religious freedom are real—but they might not be quite what you think.
As a lawyer at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Goodrich has won several historic Supreme Court victories for clients such as the Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby. Combining frontline experience with faithful attention to Scripture, Goodrich shows why religious freedom matters, how it is threatened, and how to protect it. The result is a groundbreaking book full of clear insight, practical wisdom, and refreshing hope for all people of faith.
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WOW this book hit all the questions that EVERYONE who has a religious belief SHOULD be asking. Plus it is a super interesting read.
Finally, someone who is obviously brilliant at religious freedom law, and not just someone who wants to fuel online debates. It is both PRACTICAL and HOPEFUL that there is a way to proceed without hate or long-fueled, anger-ridden fights.
All leaders of churches, schools, or businesses with strong religious beliefs MUST read this book as a blueprint for WHAT TO DO to help ensure your religious freedom protection.
I'd recommend it as a gift to anyone you know in those circumstances. (Ministers/Priests, School principals, business leaders). Despite being given a free advance copy for professional reviewers on Netgalley, I will be purchasing this book for many people I know. It will stop a lot of people from saying stupid things and getting them to really understand what the valid arguments are.
Written by someone who has argued for religious freedom of MANY faiths (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Native American faiths) in front of the Supreme Court, this book is geared to Christians (both Catholic and Protestant) but is applicable to many faiths.
It is organized in a way that you see the history of religious freedom protections, the current debates going on (especially abortion and gay rights), and what we can expect in the future.
Don't hesitate, just get it. I have not felt this strongly about a book in 20 years.