Thursday, October 31, 2013
My colleague, Mark Movsesian, has a short summary and discussion of the late Ronald Dworkin's posthumously published book, Religion Without God. I recently received the book and am about half way through (it's quite short). It also seems to me that Dworkin had made these sorts of claims about the superfluousness of God several times before. I recall arguments in Life's Dominion, for example, about how believing in the imago Dei is totally unnecessary to affirm the inherent human dignity of all people, because it should be obvious that we all believe in the objective moral fact that all human beings are "creative masterpieces" of human and natural creation. I'm not sure who actually believes that sort of aesthetic claim, or how Dworkin was so certain that everybody does. Even if I believed it, it seems to me that some people are much more masterpieces than others.
I guess the new stuff in the book is the legal claim in the second half that religion as a category deserves no constitutional protection.