Whose God Rules?

IS THE UNITED STATES A SECULAR NATION OR A THEOLEGAL DEMOCRACY?

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?

Palgrave

Whose God Rules

NateWalker3

Nathan C. Walker, coeditor

edwinjgreenlee

Edwin J. Greenlee, coeditor

TonyBlair

Tony Blair, Foreword

CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS

ChristineCarlson

Christine Carlson

Theolegal Marriage

PaulaCooey

Paula M. Cooey

Religious Secularism

AlanDershowitz

Alan Dershowitz

The Religious Right

katieford

Katie Ford

Poetry: Ark | Little Goat | Rarely | He Said

RobertGeorge

Robert P. George

Stem Cell Research

KentGreenawalt

Kent Greenawalt

Religious Premises in Politics and Law

JosephKGrieboski

Joseph K. Grieboski

Religious Freedom

TedGJelen

Ted G. Jelen

Presidential Abortion Rhetoric

brendanmmorris

Brendan M. Morris

Presidential Abortion Rhetoric

MarthaNussbaum

Martha Nussbaum

Religious Fairness

markrozell

Mark Rozell

Religious Presidents

WilliamFSchultz

William F. Schulz

Theology and Human Rights

DavidMcColgin

David L. McColgin

The Theotorture of Guantánamo

douglasshaw

Douglas Shaw

Theolegal Nuclear Weapons Policy

staceysobel

Stacey Sobel

Marriage Equality

MichaelZimmerman2

Michael Zimmerman

Evolution v. Creationism

BOOK REVIEWS

CornelWest

“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 and author of Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism

ForrestChurch

“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.”

The late Forrest Church

Author of So Help Me God: the Founding Fathers and the First Great Battle over Church and State

LeslieGriffin

“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