"This provocative book addresses one of the most enduring puzzles in political philosophy and constitutional theory—why is religion singled out for preferential treatment in both law and public discourse? Why are religious obligations that conflict with the law accorded special toleration while other obligations of conscience are not?
"unSpirituality introduces a new philosophy based on a natural perspective clearing away centuries of delusion. The spiritual story was once an answer to the anxieties of the natural world but now has become an ideological cage. This book is a reminder of who we are in the natural world, a bold and provocative case against spiritual ideology, and an invitation to be proud to be human.
"In this masterful, stylish, and authoritative book, Michael Burleigh gives us an epic history of the battles over religion in modern Europe, examining the complex and often lethal ways in which politics and religion have interacted and influenced each other over the last two centuries. From the French Revolution to the totalitarian movements of the twentieth century, Earthly Powers is a uniquely powerful portrait of one of the great tensions of modern history—one that continues to be played out on the world stage today."