"In Taking Rites Seriously Francis Beckwith clears away many of the misunderstandings of religion that have marred discussions of faith and public life and corrupted the constitutional law of church and state. Of course, there are some academics and activists who are so deeply in the grip of secularist ideology that they have no desire to learn. Most Americans, however, whether they are believers or secularists, would like to be better informed about religion. For them, this book is a gift." - Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University.
"Sophisticated, learned, and committed, Francis Beckwith argues coolly for a reasoned faith even as he smites the philistines hip and thigh on behalf of human dignity and life." - Lenn E. Goodman, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Vanderbilt University
I am truly humbled that this book has elicited such comments from these accomplished scholars and teachers.