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In her paper Professor Sullivan sets forth an admirable ideal: that we in the law should talk about religion as a distinctive human activity, without either engaging in theology ourselves or erasing what is important about religion. We: should, in her words, learn to acknowledge religion without establishing it. For this activity, as she has also argued in Paying the Words Extra, the discipline of the history of religion can serve as a model, for there too people strive to reflect what is distinctive about religion without committing themselves to the validity of a particular theology or set of religious practices.

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