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Whose God Rules?

Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy?

  • Editors
  • Nathan C. Walker
  • Edwin J. Greenlee

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction to Theolegal Theory

    1. Nathan C. Walker
      Pages 1-18
  3. A Theolegal Nation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-22
    2. Kent Greenawalt
      Pages 23-41
    3. Martha Nussbaum
      Pages 43-59
    4. Paula M. Cooey
      Pages 61-77
  4. Theolegal Officials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-82
    2. Alan Dershowitz
      Pages 83-96
    3. Edwin J. Greenlee
      Pages 97-105
    4. Mark J. Rozell
      Pages 107-121
    5. Ted G. Jelen, Brendan Morris
      Pages 123-136
  5. Theolegal Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-140
    2. Robert P. George
      Pages 141-158
    3. Michael Zimmerman
      Pages 159-169
    4. Stacey L. Sobel, Edwin J. Greenlee
      Pages 171-182
    5. Christine Carlson
      Pages 183-192
  6. Theodiplomacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-196
    2. David L. McColgin
      Pages 197-210
    3. Douglas B. Shaw
      Pages 211-225
    4. William F. Schultz
      Pages 227-238

About this book


This book demonstrates that the United States, whether we like it or not, is a theolegal nation - a democracy that simultaneously guarantees citizens the right to free expression of belief while preventing the establishment of a state religion.


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About the authors

REVEREND NATHAN C. WALKER Executive Director of First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, USA.
EDWIN J. GREENLEE Associate Director for Public Services in the Biddle Law Library at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Bibliographic information


"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

"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." - Forrest Church, author of So Help Me God: the Founding Fathers and The First Great Battle over Church and State

"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