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Competing Schemas Within the American Liberal Democracy

An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Differing Perceptions of Church and State


Shannon Holzer

Competing Schemas Within the American Liberal Democracy is a compelling book that dispels many of the common myths concerning Church and State. This book shows that how one approaches the subject of religion and politics largely determines what types of conclusions one will draw. Shannon Holzer is not concerned with creating a polemic. Instead, he shows that the subject of Church and State is much wider in scope than strict separationists would have one believe. When most scholars write on the subject of religion and politics they do so from a single academic discipline. The strength of this book lays in the fact that Dr. Holzer is an accomplished scholar in many different academic disciplines and can approach this complex subject from several different areas of inquiry. In doing so, Dr. Holzer offers a more comprehensive approach to the subject. This book makes use of the many relevant disciplines regarding Church and State, including: history, political theory, philosophy of religion, epistemology, legal theory, and history. As such, this text can be used in a multitude of subjects. Scholars will find Competing Schemas Within the American Liberal Democracy to be intellectually stimulating while clearly written and easily comprehended. Whether in the classroom or in one’s personal library, this book is necessary for those who are interested in the highly contentious and often misunderstood subject of Church and State.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Holzer, Shannon, author. Title: Competing schemas within the American liberal democracy: an interdisciplinary analysis of differing perceptions of church and state / Shannon Holzer. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Series: Washington college studies in religion, politics, and culture; vol. 8 | ISSN 2151-7010 Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2016016366 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3382-4 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4539-1854-8 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3717-4 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-3718-1 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Church and state—United States. | Rawls, John, 1921–2002. Political culture—United States. | United States—Politics and government. Classification: LCC BR516 .H635 2016 | DDC 322/.10973—dc23 LC record available at Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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