© 2014

Theism and Public Policy

Humanist Perspectives and Responses

  • Editors
  • Anthony B. Pinn

Part of the Studies in Humanist and Atheism book series (HRC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: Setting the Context and Agenda

  3. Description

  4. Prescription

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 161-180

About this book


Does theism dominant the language and practices of public life in the United States? This volume explores this question from a humanist perspective, and in so doing it provides insight into the relationship of religion to public policy, and offers ways to advance a more democratic and secular public arena.


democracy Islam policy religion

About the authors

Adam Chalom, International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, USA Kelly Damerow, Secular Coalition for America, USA Sikivu Hutchinson, Institute of Humanist Studies, USA Barbara Forrest, Southeastern Louisiana State University, USA Joseph Baker, East Tennessee State University, USA Phil Zuckermann, Pitzer College, USA Maryam Namazie, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, UK Amanda Knief, Secular Coalition for America, USA

Bibliographic information


"There is a lively debate on religion's role in the public square currently underway in the marketplace of ideas. Theism and Public Policy is a thoughtful and provocative collection of essays that seeks to confront potentially contentious issues that arise from the widening chasm between religious believers and non-believers in the context of liberal Western democracies. Truth be told, putting forth prescriptions for such a multicultural, multidimensional vision of secularism without much of the cynicism, vitriol, and invective that has bogged down previous expressions of humanism makes this volume a very welcome addition to this emerging discourse." - Juan M. Floyd-Thomas, Vanderbilt University, USA