“The Necessity of Secularism” with CFI President Ron Lindsay
CFI President Ron Lindsay will be discussing his new book, The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can't Tell Us What To Do, which will become available on December 1, 2014. (Copies will be on sale at the talk.)
The central thesis of The Necessity of Secularism is 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 religious precepts as a basis for discussing public policy shuts down the conversation: you can't dispute someone's faith and the religious precepts are relevant only to those who already accept them. With respect to the claim that we need to consider religion in connection with public policies that have moral implications, that claim assumes morality is based on religion, and The Necessity of Secularism decisively refutes that 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.
Ronald A. Lindsay is president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry. He 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 June 2008.
General Admission: $5
CFI Members/Students: FREE