The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What to Do

Sunday, January 18th 2015 at 11:00 am
Sunday, January 18th 2015 at 12:30 pm

CFI President and CEO Ronald A. Lindsay will be discussing his new book, The Necessity of Secularism - released last month and on sale at the talk - which argues that in a religiously pluralistic society, a robust, thoroughgoing secularism is the only reliable means of preserving public order and freedom for all. 

Secularism is not just another term for the separation of church and state. Secularism implies not only a secular state but a secular society, that is, one in which religion remains in the private domain. In particular, religious precepts should have no place in public policy debates. Using them as a basis for discussing public policy effectively shuts down the conversation: you can't dispute someone's faith, and the religious precepts are relevant only to those who already accept them. The claim that we need to consider religion in connection with public policies that have moral implications assumes morality is based on religion, and Lindsay's book decisively refutes this claim.

The Necessity of Secularism shows how secularism works to everyone's benefit and makes the definitive case that the secular model should be feared by none - and embraced by all.

Lindsay received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can't Tell Us What To Do is his second book. His first book, Future Bioethics: Overcoming Taboos, Myths, and Dogmas was published by Prometheus Books in 2008.

Note: This talk will be repeated at 4:30 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Community Center at 1845 Park Ave., in Costa Mesa. Hosted by the CFI Community of Orange County.


Public: $8
Students: $4
Friends of the Center: FREE

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