Series: Emory University Studies in Law and Religion (EUSLR)
One of the most respected and influential scholars of religious liberty in our time, Douglas Laycock has argued many crucial religious liberty cases in the U.S. appellate courts and Supreme Court. His noteworthy scholarly and popular writings are being collected in four comprehensive volumes under the title Religious Liberty
This first volume gives the big picture of religious liberty in the United States, fitting a vast range of disparate disputes into a coherent pattern -- from public school prayers to private school vouchers to regulation of churches and believers. Laycock's clear overviews provide the broad, historical, helpful context often lacking in today's press.
J. Brent Walker
— Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
"The church-state field is blessed with serious scholars, persuasive advocates, dynamic teachers, astute political strategists, and public commentators. Douglas Laycock is one of a very few who are all of these. I welcome this multivolume collection of his always insightful and lucid writings — from scholarly law review articles to USA Today op-ed pieces. Even those who may disagree with Laycock's interpretation and application of the First Amendment's religion clauses will be hard pressed to gainsay these sentiments."
— Senior Legal Counsel, Center for Law & Religious Freedom
"Any person who cares about religious liberty in America (and we should all be greatly concerned about its increasingly fragile condition) needs to read Douglas Laycock. Anyone who wants to understand the religious liberty battles being fought in today's legislatures, courts, culture, and media will be enlightened by reading even one of the articles in this book. . . These writings are lucid and compelling, completely accessible to every reader — lawyer or not, academic or not, religious or not. Doug has the gift for taking complex ideas and making them elegantly simple but never simplistic."