Whose God Rules?

Whose God Rules?

Theolegal democracy defines a political system that allows public officials to use theology in its democratic process to shape law without instituting an official state religion.

In Whose God Rules?, preeminent scholars debate the theolegal theory, which describes the gray area between a secular legal system, where theology is dismissed as irrational and a threat to the separation of religion and state, and a theocracy, where a single religion determines all law.

The United States is neither a secular nation nor a theocracy, leading scholars to ask whether the United States is a theolegal democracy. If so, whose God rules?


Whose God Rules

Nathan C. Walker, coeditor

Edwin J. Greenlee, coeditor

Tony Blair, Foreword


Christine Carlson

Theolegal Marriage

Paula M. Cooey

Religious Secularism

Alan Dershowitz

The Religious Right

Katie Ford

Poetry: Ark | Little Goat | Rarely | He Said

Robert P. George

Stem Cell Research

Kent Greenawalt

Religious Premises in Politics and Law

Joseph K. Grieboski

Religious Freedom

Ted G. Jelen

Presidential Abortion Rhetoric

Brendan M. Morris

Presidential Abortion Rhetoric

Martha Nussbaum

Religious Fairness

Mark Rozell

Religious Presidents

William F. Schulz

Theology and Human Rights

David L. McColgin

The Theotorture of Guantánamo

Douglas Shaw

Theolegal Nuclear Weapons Policy

Stacey Sobel

Marriage Equality

Michael Zimmerman

Evolution v. Creationism


“This erudite book offers a rare and unusual combination; it includes  a broad range of topics treated in depth by a diverse group of contributors who write about a distinctive and controversial concept, namely theolegal democracy. It is sure to provoke an interesting and renewed debate about the relationship of religion and politics.”

Leslie Griffin

University of Houston Law Center and author of Law and Religion: Cases and Materials

“This book is a provocative and pioneering effort to rethink the complex relation of religion and the state in the American past and present. Don’t miss it!”

Cornel West

Princeton University and author of Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism

“Whose God Rules? offers an illuminating new frame to revitalize the stale debate over church-state separation. Bringing a thoughtful and diverse group of experts to the table, Walker and Greenlee present a feast for the intellect that challenges us all to become better citizens.”

The late Forrest Church

Author of So Help Me God: the Founding Fathers and the First Great Battle over Church and State