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Human Nature and the Freedom of Public Religious Expression [Hardcover]

By Stephen Garrard Post (Author)
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DRAWING ON CURRENT RESEARCH IN SCIENCE and religion, distinguished bioethicist Stephen G. Post provocatively argues that human beings are, by nature, inclined toward a presence in the universe that is higher than their own. In consequence, the institutions of everyday life, such as schools, the workplace, and the public square, are not justified in censoring the spiritual and religious expression that freely arises from the wellspring of the human spirit. Post believes that privatization of religious expression, coupled with the imposition of a secular monism, is a departure from true liberal democracy in which citizens are free to assert themselves in ways that manifest their full nature. Utilizing research in the neurosciences, psychiatry, the social sciences, and evolutionary psychology, he provides scientific information supporting the idea, familiar in theories of natural law, that religious expression and freedom are essential human goods. Post's perspective privileges no particular religion, but rather asks that adherents to all faiths, including secularism, be allowed to freely express their core values in a civil, respectful, and public manner. Post calls for a recovery of the full meaning of liberal democracy in all domains of public life, so that we might again discover the value of freedom of expression.

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Human Nature and the Freedom of Public Religious Expression by Stephen Garrard Post has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Choice - 06/01/2006 page 1751
  • Univ PR Books for Public Libry - 01/01/2004 page 23
  • Choice - 03/01/2004 page 1314

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Item Specifications...

Language: English
Studio: Univ of Notre Dame Pr
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 22, 2004
Publisher   University of Notre Dame Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0268038279  
ISBN13  9780268038274  

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More About Stephen Garrard Post

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stephen G. Post is professor of preventive medicine and director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. He is a leader in the study of altruism, compassion, and love and president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love. Post is the author (with Jill Neimark) of the widely praised "Why Good Things Happen to Good People."

Stephen Garrard Post was born in 1951.

Stephen Garrard Post has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Religion, Marriage, and Family

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1Books > Subjects > Law > Constitutional Law > Human Rights
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Current Events > Civil Rights & Liberties
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Church & State
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Ethics
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Science & Religion
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This Book Says it Like it Is  Jan 17, 2004
This is an incredible book, intellectually rigorous and fully accessible to the general reader. It is grounded in scientific data and open inquiry that suggests that there are at least two important spiritual moments in life which American society fails to nurture: during childhood and at times of crisis, particularly major illness. Hospitals ignore spiritual practice in favor of medical intervention, while fear of the First Amendment has led, not to free speech, but to virtual censorship of any spiritual expression in our public schools. Post's book names these problems, then engages in a lively exploration of the nature of human spirituality. In all cultures, he shows, people relate to a "Creative Presence." If you deal with religious issues in our society, this is your book.

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