Reviews for Religious Liberty, LGBT Rights, and The Prospects for Common Ground


Advance Praise:

“Taken together, this outstanding collection of essays is an enlightening, civil and ultimately hopeful dialogue about one of the most urgent public policy questions of our time. Essential reading for every American who cares about religious freedom, equality and the prospects for finding common ground across our deepest differences.”
-Charles C. Haynes, Founding Director, Religious Freedom Center, Freedom Forum Institute

“This superbly edited, richly diverse, and impressively comprehensive volume promises a 360-degree vantage on one of the most complex and polarizing issues of our day - and it delivers. Whether you already know what you think, or are coming fresh to the controversy, you will find these pages to be rich in wisdom and glowing with the spirit and ingenuity of American pluralism.”
-Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institution

“This big, bold, and bracing book is pulsing with good will and earnest effort to reconcile competing claims of religious freedom and sexual liberty, especially for LGBTQ Parties. Professors Wilson and Eskridge, Jr, have long been national leaders in this reconciliation effort, and deserve high praise for assembling such a vast collection of leading scholars. This will be the go-to book for the next generation.”
-John Witte, Jr., Director, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University

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“Professors Eskridge, Jr., and Wilson have collected an enlightening and engaging collection of views and arguments that covers the full conversation about whether and how 'common ground' between religious freedom and LGBT rights is possible. In this volume, legal scholars, activists, theologians, historians, and public officials explore not only the history, justifications, and implications of religious liberty’s foundational status, but also the contemporary challenges to it.”
-Richard W. Garnett, Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School


Published Reviews:

“Activists often seek total victory for their side. Refreshingly, most of the authors in Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for the Common Good believe that there is room for compromise.” “Collectively, the chapters make an excellent case that it is possible to better protect LGBT rights without forcing citizens such as Barronelle Stutzman to choose between their professions and their religious convictions. One can only hope that it finds its way into the hands of state legislators throughout the country.”
-Mark David Hall, Professor of Politics, George Fox University

“The book’s editors, William N. Eskridge Jr. and Robin Fretwell Wilson, convened an open dialogue and search for common ground by engaging an impressive group of ecclesiastical leaders, LGBT rights advocates, seminary presidents, theologians, and equality and religious liberty scholars and activists. Their discourse and feedback led to the essays, which examine the possibilities and perceived limits of reconciling differences.”
-Holly Hollman, General Counsel, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty