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Human Nature and the Freedom of Public Religions

Human Nature and the Freedom of Public Religions

by Stephen G. Post

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Research scholar and bioethicist Post (Case Western Univ. Sch. of Medicine; Unlimited Love: Altruism, Compassion, and Service) cogently argues that humanity will always be homo religiosus. Belief in a creative presence, however it is defined, seems to be "hard wired" into the human psyche, and Post spends several chapters providing neuroscientific verification for this. If this is true, he argues, then the religious perspective should not be barred from either education or political discussion; to do so is to deny human nature its full expression. The author intends to answer such radical secularists as Richard Rorty and John Rawls who demand the absolute exclusion of religious perspective in all public policy debate. "The religious inclination will not go away," says Post, "nor should it, because it is essential rather than peripheral to who and what we as human creatures are." This is a well reasoned and clearly presented thesis that merits serious consideration by thoughtful readers. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, IN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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