Religious Convictions and Political Choice

Paperback | May 1, 1994

byKent Greenawalt

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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, Greenawaltmoves 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 suchconvictions is compatible with liberal democratic premises. In conclusion, he argues that citizens cannot be expected to rely exclusively on rational, secular grounds.

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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, conclud...

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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...

Kent Greenawalt is at Columbia University Law School.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.75 inPublished:May 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195067797

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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 grounds

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"A sane book for an election year, and for decades to come."--The Christian Century