Theism and Public Policy: Humanist Perspectives and Responses

Series: Studies in Humanism and Atheism
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Editor: Anthony B. PinnPurchase
ISBN-13: 978-1-13747-218-2
Publication Date: December 2014
Pages: 200
Format: Hardback, E-Book
Price: $95.00 USD
Theists often argue this is a Christian nation, and therefore theistic sensibilities, language, and insight should play a role in developing the policities and procedures that guide public life. Nontheist often counter by arguing this isn’t a Christian nation, and public life is harmed by the limited sense of morality and ethics provided by theism(s). Hence, public policy should be guided by secular ideals not tied to any particular mode of theism and that highlight the best of our democratic principles. Often missing from this exchange, however, is nature of theism’s actual presence in public life: Does theism dominant the language and practices of public life in the United States? This volume explores this question from a humanist perspective, and in so doing it provides insight into the relationship of religion to public policy, and offers ways to advance a more democratic and secular public arena.