Prof. Steve Green, Willamette’s Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law and director of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy, is a finalist for an Oregon Book Award in the nonfiction category for his book “The Bible, the School and the Constitution” (Oxford University Press, 2012).
The book is about the continuing controversy surrounding religion and education. Green debunks the myth that the legal controversies about religious expression in public schools and the public financing of religious schools are new. Green’s book says those conflicts started just after the Civil War.
In a review last summer, The New Republic called The Bible, the School and the Constitution “a fine book.” The Journal of Church and State called it “an impressive accomplishment.”
The Oregon Book Awards are administered by Literary Arts, a Portland-based nonprofit literary center. Green is one of five finalists for the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction. Literary Arts will announce the winners on April 8.