Magazine February 9, 2009, Issue

A Spiritual Force

Father Richard John Neuhaus (Photo courtesy of First Things)
Fr. Richard John Neuhaus and the reinvigoration of religious conservatism

If you type “the naked public square” into Google, 0.41 seconds later you get access to 252,000 entries. My guess is that this greatly underestimates the number of times that this phrase has been quoted and the number of people it has influenced. Even so it confers immortality of a kind on whoever happened to coin it. According to Wikipedia, that person was Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, who, while still a Lutheran pastor, wrote a 1984 book of that name arguing that the extreme secularist interpretation of the First Amendment had already led to the effective exclusion of religious argument

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