NW TAMPA - CFI CEO Ronald Lindsay discusses his new book

Thursday, March 5th 2015 at 6:30 pm
Thursday, March 5th 2015 at 7:00 pm
Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, Room 204-B, 11211 Countryway Blvd, Westchase, FL 33626-2624
The deadline for RSVP is March 5, 2:30 PM. RSVP is required because of limited space!

In his new book, CFI president Ron Lindsay 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. Secularism is not only desirable; it is required if we are to have a democracy that respects the rights of all.

Ronald A. Lindsay, J.D., Ph.D. is president & CEO of the Center for Inquiry. He is by training and experience both a lawyer and a philosopher. An honors graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he practiced for twenty-six years with the national law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP prior to joining the Center for Inquiry, where he has been president and CEO since June 2008. Ron Lindsay received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University, specializing in bioethics. He has had articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and The American Journal of Bioethics. His first book, Future Bioethics: Overcoming Taboos, Myths, and Dogmas, was published by Prometheus Books in June 2008. He is also the author of the entry on “Euthanasia” for the prestigious International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley Blackwell 2013). In discussing issues of concern to the secular community, he has appeared on CNN, Fox News, HuffPost Live, and numerous local television and radio stations, and he has provided commentary to the Washington Post, the New York Times, and many other newspapers and magazines.

The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What To Do has already received praise from many in the secular community. The philosopher Russell Blackford has said, “The Necessity of Secularism is a state-of-the-art defense of secular reasoning — in government, public debate, and moral deliberation.  [It’s] truly a pleasure to read.”


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