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"Many in elite circles yield to the temptation to believe that anyone who disagrees with them is a bigot or a religious fundamentalist.  Reason and science, they confidently believe, are on their side.  With this book, I aim to expose the emptiness of that belief," writes Bradley Prize recipient Robert P. George in the introduction to his new Conscience and Its Enemies:  Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism.
George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton UniversityThe Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports the James Madison Program.

Assaults on religious liberty and traditional morality are growing fiercer.  George's Conscience and Its Enemies, at last, is the counterattack.

Showcasing the talents that have made him one of America's most-acclaimed and -influential thinkers, he explodes the myth that the secular elite represents the voice of reason.  In fact, he shows, it is on the elite side of the cultural divide where the prevailing views frequently are nothing but articles of faith.  The book reveals the bankruptcy of these too often smugly held orthodoxies while presenting powerfully reasoned arguments for classical virtues.

In defending what Madison called the "sacred rights of conscience" -- rights for which government shows frightening contempt -- George grapples with today's most-controversial issues:  abortion and infanticide, same-sex marriage, genetic manipulation, euthanasia and assisted suicide, religion in politics, judicial activism, and more.  His brilliantly argued essays rely not on theological claims or religious authority, but on established scientific facts and a philosophical tradition that extends back to Plato and Aristotle.

Conscience and Its Enemies elevates our national debates.  It sets forth powerful arguments that secular liberals are unaccustomed to hearing -- and that embattled defenders of traditional morality so often fail to marshal.  It also lays out the principles and arguments for rebuilding a moral order.
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