Jay Wexler

presents

Our Non-Christian Nation:
How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans, and Others Are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life

This event includes a book signing

Date

Sep
13
Friday
September 13, 2019
3:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes JAY WEXLER—author, humorist, and professor at the Boston University School of Law—for a discussion of his latest book, Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans, and Others Are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life.

About Our Non-Christian Nation

Less and less Christian demographically, America is now home to an ever-larger number of people who say they identify with no religion at all. These non-Christians have increasingly been demanding their full participation in public life, bringing their arguments all the way to the Supreme Court. The law is on their side, but that doesn't mean that their attempts are not met with suspicion or outright hostility.

In Our Non-Christian Nation, Jay Wexler travels the country to engage the non-Christians who have called on us to maintain our ideals of inclusivity and diversity. With his characteristic sympathy and humor, he introduces us to the Summum and their Seven Aphorisms, a Wiccan priestess who would deck her City Hall with a pagan holiday wreath, and other determined champions of free religious expression. As Wexler reminds us, anyone who cares about pluralism, equality, and fairness should support a public square filled with a variety of religious and nonreligious voices. The stakes are nothing short of long-term social peace.

Praise for Our Non-Christian Nation

"In this fine book, Jay Wexler urges humanists, atheists, Satanists, and members of minority religious traditions to take advantage of a fascinating new phenomenon: the opening of public space to a variety of beliefs and institutions. His compelling account of 'belief' in public life will be of interest to the deeply religious as well as those who cringe at the very thought of religion. I highly recommend it." —Anthony B. Pinn, author of Humanism: Essays on Race, Religion and Cultural Production

"In this brilliantly erudite and hugely entertaining romp through recent religious and legal history, Jay Wexler shows why, as our country becomes more religiously diverse, non-Christians need to get their voices heard and Christians need to help repair the wall between church and state. A marvelous read." —Michael Shermer, Skeptic Magazine

"Timely, trenchant, and tremendously engaging, Our Non-Christian Nation is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the contemporary battles over religion's role in our national politics and culture." —Phil Zuckerman, author of Living the Secular Life

Jay Wexler
Jay Wexler

Jay Wexler

Jay Wexler is a professor at the Boston University School of Law, where he’s taught church-state law, among other things, since 2001. He is the author of six books, including Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church-State Wars and Tuttle in the Balance, a novel about a Supreme Court justice having a mid-life crisis. Prior to teaching, Wexler worked at the US Justice Department and as a law clerk to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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