Episode 242 – “The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What To Do”

This week on CenterStage, Center for Inquiry president and CEO Ronald A. Lindsay probes the foundations of secularism.

On December 5th, 2014, the Center for Inquiry – Transnational at Amherst, New York presented a lecture by Ronald A. Lindsay, titled “The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What to Do.”

In this lecture, based on Dr. Lindsay’s book of the same name, he contends that in a religiously pluralistic society, a robust, thoroughgoing secularism is the only reliable means of preserving meaningful democracy and rights of conscience, ensuring equal respect and protection under the law—for believers and nonbelievers alike.

Ronald A. Lindsay, a philosopher and an attorney, is president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry. He is the author of the essay “Euthanasia” in the International Encyclopedia of Ethics and of the book Future Bioethics: Overcoming Taboos, Myths, and Dogmas.