Religious Convictions and Political Choice

Religious Convictions and Political Choice

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How far may Americans properly rely on their religious beliefs when they make and defend political decisions? For example, are ordinary citizens or legislators doing something wrong when they consciously allow their decisions respecting abortion laws to be determined by their religious views? Despite its intense contemporary relevance, the full dimensions of this issue have until now not been thoroughly examined. Religious Convictions and Political Choice represents the first attempt to fill this gap. Beginning with an account of the basic premises of our liberal democracy, Greenawalt moves to a comparison between rational secular grounds of decision and grounds based on religious convictions. He discusses particular issues such as animal rights and abortion, showing how religious convictions can bear on an individual's decisions about them, and inquires whether reliance on such convictions is compatible with liberal democratic premises. In conclusion, he argues that citizens cannot be expected to rely exclusively on rational, secular grounds.show more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 20mm | 458.13g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195067797
  • 9780195067798

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How far may Americans properly rely on their religious beliefs when they make and defend political decisions? Are decisions based on religious convictions compatible with liberal democratic premises? Kent Greenawalt dissects such issues as abortion and animal rights to illustrate secular and religious bases for decision making, concluding that citizens cannot be expected to rely exclusively on rational, secular groundsshow more

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"A sane book for an election year, and for decades to come."-The Christian Century "Deserves its rightful place alongside the works of Rawls and Dworkin."-Northern Illinois University Law Review "Provocative and insightful...Important contribution to our understanding of the deep and complex connections between the religious and the political."-Criminal Justice Ethics "Lucid and important...Greenawalt has a fine way of clarifying issues and staying strictly within the limits he has set himself....The argument of the book is impressive and important for theologians and others concerned for an effective theological contribution to public debate."-Journal of Theological Studies "Offers a refreshing change from the work of those theorists who refuse to take religion seriously....A careful, scholarly work which should be read by all those interested in the question of the relationship between religion and politics."-Journal of the American Academy of Religion "A searching, well argued, and richly suggestive treatment of the ethics of citizenship in a liberal democracy....The book contains much that is of value in basic social-political philosophy. It is also lucid, forthright, and concretely written. Given the quality of its argumentation and the importance of the issue, it is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in the appropriate relation between religion and politics."-Ethicsshow more

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