American Secularism: The Cultural Contours of Nonreligious Belief Systems, by Joseph O. Baker and Buster G. Smith New York: New York University Press, 2015, IBN 978-1-4798-7372-2) 293 pp. Paperback, $27.00.
Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Reigion in American Politics, b arc A. Smith Ciago: University of Chicago Press, 2015, IB-3: 978-0-226-27506-2) 287 pp. Hardcover, $25.00.
If the titles of these two books are any indication, then the word secular is getting some extended play these days. American Secularism, by sociologists Joseph O. Baker and Buster G. Smith, and Secular Faith, by political scientist Marc A. Smith, could almost be considered companion books as they intersect at crucial points in the history and development of secularity in America.