Book of the Month

Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination
by Ryan T. Anderson, Sherif Girgis, and John Corvino

Virtually everyone supports religious liberty, and virtually everyone opposes discrimination. But how do we handle the hard questions that arise when exercises of religious liberty seem to discriminate unjustly? How do we promote the common good while respecting conscience in a diverse society?

This point-counterpoint book brings together leading voices in the culture wars to debate such questions: John Corvino, a longtime LGBT-rights advocate, opposite Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis, prominent young social conservatives.

Many such questions have arisen in response to same-sex marriage: How should we treat county clerks who do not wish to authorize such marriages, for example; or bakers, florists, and photographers who do not wish to provide same-sex wedding services? But the conflicts extend well beyond the LGBT rights arena. How should we treat hospitals, schools, and adoption agencies that can’t in conscience follow antidiscrimination laws, healthcare mandates, and other regulations? Should corporations ever get exemptions? Should public officials?

Should we keep controversial laws like the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or pass new ones like the First Amendment Defense Act? Should the law give religion and conscience special protection at all, and if so, why? What counts as discrimination, and when is it unjust? What kinds of material and dignitary harms should the law try to fight-and what is dignitary harm, anyway?

Beyond the law, how should we treat religious beliefs and practices we find mistaken or even oppressive? Should we tolerate them or actively discourage them?

In point-counterpoint format, Corvino, Anderson and Girgis explore these questions and more. Although their differences run deep, they tackle them with civility, clarity, and flair. Their debate is an essential contribution to contemporary discussions about why religious liberty matters and what respecting it requires.

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Previous FFPC books of the month:

Kingdom Citizen: Your Role in Rebuilding a Broken Nation by Tony Evans (Introduction by Franklin Graham)

Special Report on Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences (The New Atlantis) by Lawrence S. Mayer, M.B., M.S., Ph.D. and Paul R. McHugh, M.D. (Read in English or Español.)

We Cannot be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong by Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr..

unPlanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader by Abby Johnson

Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus by Rifqa Bary

Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life by Eric Metaxas

God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy by Mike Huckabee

Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace & Truth by Glenn Stanton

Resisting the Green Dragon by Dr. James Wanliss

Gods at War: Defeating the Idols That Battle for Your Heart by Kyle Idleman

The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus

Lifeviews – Paper by R.C. Sproul

Culture Shift: The Battle for the Moral Heart of America by Al Mohler

7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think by Andy Andrews

Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting – eBook by Glenn T. Stanton & Dr. Bill Maier

What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster by Jonathan Last

Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (Study Guide Edition) by Nancy Pearcey

Politics According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture by Dr. Wayne Grudem