My colleague the Rev. Nate Walker has just announced his book “Whose God Rules?: Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy?” co-edited with Edwin J. Greenlee is being released Dec. 20th and is ready to pre-order.

This scholarly volume includes a foreward by  Tony Blair. Contributors include Alan Dershowtiz, Martha Nussbaum, Kent Greenawalt, Robby George, Bill Schultz, Joe Grieboski, Mark Rozel, and other distinguished scholars.


In Whose God Rules?, preeminent scholars debate the theolegal theory, which describes the gray area between a secular legal system, where theology is dismissed as irrational and a threat to the separation of religion and state, and a theocracy, where a single religion determines all law.

The United States is neither a secular nation nor a theocracy, leading scholars to ask whether the United States is a theolegal democracy. If so, whose God rules?


 Cornel West says, “This book is a provocative and pioneering effort to rethink the complex relation of religion and the state in the American past and present.  Don’t miss it!”

According to the late Forrest Church, “Whose God Rules? offers an illuminating new frame to revitalize the stale debate over church-state separation. Bringing a thoughtful and diverse group of experts to the table, Walker and Greenlee present a feast for the intellect that challenges us all to become better citizens.”

In Phili?

Nate tells me that Philadelphians can secure signed-copies for a discounted price of $51.00 by attending Sunday services or visiting the church office M-F 10 to 4 pm of the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

About Nate Walker

The Rev. Nathan C. Walker  an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and serves the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. He is currently an advanced doctoral student in Law, Education and Religion at Columbia University where he received his Master of Education and Master of Arts degrees. He also graduated from Union Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He is a mindfulness practitioner in the Zen Buddhist tradition led by Thich Nhat Hahn. More at