The Long Rise of the Secular Faith

The threat to religious liberty has its roots in a progressivist faith that has been steadily gaining momentum in America for at least a century and a half.

A 1950s postage stamp featuring the progressive philosopher John Dewey. Wikimedia.

A 1950s postage stamp featuring the progressive philosopher John Dewey. Wikimedia.

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Aug. 24 2015
About the author

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His writings are posted at www.PeterBerkowitz.com.


Bruce Abramson illuminates the dangerous tendency in contemporary American politics and law to supplant respect for the diversity of religious belief with a homogenizing doctrine that punishes the expression of traditional faith and compels the practice of a secular faith. If anything, the problem runs deeper than he suggests.

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