Is God Irrelevant?

26 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2014

Date Written: February 26, 2014


This essay, written for a symposium on Ronald Dworkin’s recent posthumous book Religion Without God, argues that Dworkin misunderstands the way theists typically think God relates to “morality.” The essay sketches a subjectivist (or “super-subjectivist”) account of morality that arguably better fits the understanding of believers in the biblical tradition than does Dworkin’s more objectivist account.

Keywords: jurisprudence, religion, religious freedom

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Smith, Steven Douglas, Is God Irrelevant? (February 26, 2014). Boston University Law Review, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 14-142, Available at SSRN:

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