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Friday, December 7, 2012

Three Books

Bonus!  I've received, in recent days, real-world, dead-tree copies of three books which I am looking forward to re-reading and marking up:  Paul Horwitz's First Amendment Institutions (natch); Andy Koppelman's Defending American Religious Neutrality; and Brian Leiter's Why Tolerate ReligionI had the chance to workshop each of these books, in one way or another, and it's a real treat to have them in hand.  Those long airplane flights over Christmas are already looking less-unpleasant . . . .

Congrats to Paul, Brian, and Andy!


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I just purchased Professor Horwitz's timely book, First Amendment Institutions, which I believe will be well written and very interesting. I would like to add, with all due respect to Professor Horwitz, Go Irish, beat Bama!

Posted by: N.D. | Dec 8, 2012 12:32:11 PM

Congratulations to all three authors on their timely books!

Posted by: N.D. | Dec 8, 2012 12:35:31 PM


Posted by: Rgarnett@nd.edu | Dec 8, 2012 12:43:32 PM

You conclude your remarks with a thanks of praise to God ("Amen"!) for these three books.

But aren't two of the authors sworn enemies of Catholic legal thought?

Perhaps I'm being daft.

I fully understand that in the academy one's career depends significantly on establishing relationships of mutual praise and admiration. But when one of the authors you high-give (Leiter) has tried to destroy the careers of young Catholic academics, I have to shake my head.

Again, perhaps I'm being daft.

Posted by: Nonplussed | Dec 8, 2012 12:54:37 PM

"Amen" to "Go Irish."

Posted by: Rgarnett@nd.edu | Dec 8, 2012 1:13:44 PM

Nonplussed, do not despair, for wheat can always be separated from the chaff. Just remember that there is nothing that is hidden that will not be revealed in The Light of Love. "Everything that rises will converge", in God's Time. Till then, "always be ready to give an explanation for the hope that is in you", and hope that others will see The Truth.

Posted by: N.D. | Dec 8, 2012 3:21:13 PM

You gave thanks for the work of men whose work expresses hostility for Catholic Christianity ("Congratulations!").

If you were one of the young Catholic scholars repeatedly attacked and mocked by Leiter, you might find such expressions gratitude a bit disturbing.

Feel free to delete this comment, Prof. Garnett. Not trying to troll here.

Posted by: Nonplussed | Dec 8, 2012 3:57:06 PM

If it is true that I congratulated men whose work expresses hostility for Christianity, then I withdraw my congratulations while still being hopeful that those persons will see The Light. Feel free to delete all my comments, Professor Garnett.

Posted by: N.D. | Dec 8, 2012 4:44:07 PM

Well, you are trolling. To congratulate someone on a book published is not to endorse the book's arguments.

Posted by: Rgarnett@nd.edu | Dec 8, 2012 6:49:17 PM

Roll Tide!

(Someone had to say it, since Professor Horowitz seems to be absent)

Posted by: Catholic Law Student | Dec 9, 2012 10:23:15 AM

Nothing like a "Roll Tide" to flush me out. Of course I'm grateful that Rick publicized my book (and that it found at least one new reader!--thank you, sincerely). And, having read the others and being of the view that they're both strong contributions to law and religion scholarship, I'm grateful that he publicized them as well. I'm not sure which two of the three of us are supposed to be "sworn enemies of Catholic legal thought." Certainly I attended no such ceremony! In any event, without pronouncing either on 1) what constitutes "Catholic legal thought" and the degree of diversity that this category involves or 2) the views or statements of individual authors about particular issues or people, I am pretty sure that 1) Andy and Brian's books are serious contributions in the field and should be of interest and value even to those who may disagree with particular conclusions within them, 2) neither of those books themselves seem terribly hostile to Catholic legal thought to me as such, whatever any of them (or I) may have written elsewhere, and 3) in any event Rick isn't endorsing everything in them. As for my own book, probably the less said the better--except that it's currently on sale for a fine price at Amazon.

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Dec 9, 2012 12:23:21 PM

So, Professors Garnett and Horwitz, have any friendly bets been traded that the MOJ readership should know about?


Posted by: Catholic Law Student | Dec 9, 2012 5:51:56 PM