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Palgrave Macmillan

Whose God Rules?

Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy?

ISBN 9781137002242
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

www.WhoseGodRules.com 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?

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.

Foreword; T.Blair
Introduction to the Theolegal Theory; N.C.Walker
Editorial Preface to Unit I
Theolegal Discourse; K.Greenawalt
Religious Fairness; M.Nussbaum
Religious Secularism; P.M.Cooey
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
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
Editorial Preface to Unit IV
Theotorture of Guantánamo; D.L.McColgin
Theolegal Nuclear Weapons Policy; D.B.Shaw
Theology of Human Rights; W.F.Schulz
Religious Freedom; J.K.Grieboski
Conclusion; E.J.Greenlee& N.C.Walker


"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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