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“These and Those Are the Words of the Living God”

Elliot N. Dorff

Edited by David E. Guinn

in Handbook of Bioethics and Religion

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178739
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784943 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195178734.003.0008
 “These and Those Are the Words of the Living God”

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This chapter argues that American public policy discussions should follow the Jewish model — which encourages open, frank, and even heated debate within an atmosphere of mutual respect. It further argues that religious views should be part of the American public discussion. This is a departure from a long-standing belief in a strong wall of separation between church and state.

Keywords: American public policy; Jewish model; religion; separation of church and state

Chapter.  13370 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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