Religion, Morality and Democracy: New Learning, New Challenges


George W. Dent


This Article argues that the new learning and new challenges magnify the need for religion in public debate and law-making. Part I of this Article reprises the debate over religion in public discourse and law-making. Part II discusses the significance of new learning about human behavior and the expressive function of law to the place of religion in the public square. Part III discusses the role of religion in tackling the ethical and legal questions posed by new developments in philosophy and biotechnology.


Public Debate, Religion

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Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy

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2 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy 401 (2004)

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