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Religious Convictions and Political Choice - Kent Greenawalt

Religious Convictions and Political Choice

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Published: 9th May 1991
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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.

"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."--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 "Deserves its rightful place alongside the works of Rawls and Dworkin."--Northern Illinois University Law Review "A sane book for an election year, and for decades to come."--The Christian Century "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."--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 "Deserves its rightful place alongside the works of Rawls and Dworkin."--Northern Illinois University Law Review "A sane book for an election year, and for decades to come."--The Christian Century

Liberal Democracy and Publicly Accessible Reasons
The Aim and Scope of the Inquiryp. 3
Premises of Liberal Democracy and the Place of Religionp. 14
The Relevance of Religious Convictions for Political Choicep. 30
Publicly Accessible Grounds of Decision and Religious Convictionsp. 49
Political Choices and Religious Convictions
Inappropriate Grounds of Restriction: Consenting Sexual Acts as Sinsp. 87
Borderlines of Status I: Animal Rights and Environmental Policyp. 98
Borderlines of Status II: Abortionp. 120
Borderlines of Status III: Religious Convictions and the Limits of Publicly Accessible Reasonsp. 144
Moral Standards, Evaluative Comparisons, and Facts: Welfare Assistance and Other Issuesp. 173
Church-State Problemsp. 196
Religious Bases That Conflict with Common Forms of Reasoningp. 203
Dialogue, Official Action, and Constitutionality
Appropriate Political Discourse in a Liberal Societyp. 215
Religious Convictions and Official Actionp. 231
The Boundaries of Unconstitutionalityp. 244
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780195067798
ISBN-10: 0195067797
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 9th May 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.01 x 14.07  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37