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In Culture of Disbelief by Carter

The book, which has been controversial in the two-plus decades since it emerged, comes from an interesting place. Its emphasis is clear from the full title: The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion(I will upload the book, here is a video about "The Culture of Disbelief," showing an interview with Stephen L. Carter, author of a well-known book of the same name that was first published in 1994.: Carter is a law professor at Yale, and has since 2002 had an interesting second career as a novelist. (He also has his own website at In Culture of Disbelief, Carter identifies as a believer “in the importance of both religious tradition and liberal dialogue", at once a committed Christian (an Episcopalian) and a firm supporter of the separation of church and state. His target in the book and the interview is a system of justice that upholds a casual ``public secularism", disrespecting religious belief and viewing religion as a "hobby" rather than central to the lives of its believers. His arguments lead in multiple directions: he advocates giving religious groups more room to participate in the welfare state (allowing proven church drug rehabilitation programs, for example, to compete for public money); he does, however, disagree with organized prayer in public schools on the grounds that it privileges ``the interests of one religious tradition over another."

What does Carter illuminate? Where does he fail to meet some challenge or question? Yes, this is very open-ended - we're still in low-stakes mode! Make sure you use brief quotation - which is all you'll have room for, because I'd like you to make this a short paper.

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