Whose God Rules?: Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy? [NOOK Book]

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Theolegal democracy defines a political system that allows public officials to use theology in its democratic process to shape law without instituting an official state religion. In Whose God Rules?, preeminent scholars debate the theolegal theory, which describes the gray area between a secular legal system, where theology is dismissed as irrational and a threat to the separation of religion and state, and a theocracy, where...
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Overview

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Theolegal democracy defines a political system that allows public officials to use theology in its democratic process to shape law without instituting an official state religion. In Whose God Rules?, preeminent scholars debate the theolegal theory, which describes the gray area between a secular legal system, where theology is dismissed as irrational and a threat to the separation of religion and state, and a theocracy, where a single religion determines all law. The United States is neither a secular nation nor a theocracy, leading scholars to ask whether the United States is a theolegal democracy. If so, whose God rules?
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"This book is a provocative and pioneering effort to rethink the complex relation of religion and the state in the American past and present. Don't miss it!" - Cornel West, Princeton University

"Whose God Rules? offers an illuminating new frame to revitalize the stale debate over church-state separation. Bringing a thoughtful and diverse group of experts to the table, Walker and Greenlee present a feast for the intellect that challenges us all to become better citizens." - Forrest Church, author of So Help Me God: the Founding Fathers and The First Great Battle over Church and State

"This erudite book offers a rare and unusual combination; it includes a broad range of topics treated in depth by a diverse group of contributors who write about a distinctive and controversial concept, namely theolegal democracy. It is sure to provoke an interesting and renewed debate about the relationship of religion and politics." - Leslie Griffin, University of Houston Law Center and author of Law and Religion: Cases and Materials

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137002259
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 932 KB

Meet the Author

Reverend Nathan C. Walker is the executive director of First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Edwin J. Greenlee is the associate director for Public Services in the Biddle Law Library at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Foreword; T.Blair

Introduction to the Theolegal Theory; N.C.Walker

PART I: A THEOLEGAL NATION

Editorial Preface to Unit I 

Theolegal Discourse; K.Greenawalt

Religious Fairness; M.Nussbaum

Religious Secularism; P.M.Cooey

PART II: THEOLEGAL OFFICIALS

Editorial Preface to Unit II 

The Religious Right; A.Dershowitz

Religious Judges; E.J.Greenlee 

Religious Presidents; M.J.Rozell

Presidential Abortion Rhetoric; T.G.Jelen & B.Morris

PART III: THEOLEGAL DEMOCRACY

Editorial Preface to Unit III 

Stem Cell Research; R.P.George

Evolution v. Creation; M.Zimmerman

Marriage Equality; S.Sobel & E.J.Greenlee 

Theolegal Marriage; C.Carlson

PART IV: THEODIPLOMACY

Editorial Preface to Unit IV 

Theotorture of Guantánamo; D.L.McColgin 

Theolegal Nuclear Weapons Policy; D.B.Shaw

Theology of Human Rights; W.F.Schultz

Religious Freedom; J.K.Grieboski 

Conclusion; E.J.Greenlee & N.C.Walker
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