Gregory Harms, "No Politics, No Religion?: How America's Code of Conduct Conceals Our Unity" (Political Animal Press, 2022)


Americans are told that they are divided and polarized, but is it true? No Politics, No Religion?: How America's Code of Conduct Conceals Our Unity (Political Animal Press, 2022) put this proposition to the test - with surprising results. 

"No Politics, No Religion" is a common saying that discussions of politics and religion should be avoided at the dinner table or social gatherings due to their tendency to divide people. In No Politics, No Religion? Gregory Harms argues that this is absolutely wrong. These are precisely the topics we should be discussing...and the topics which most clearly point to the deep level of agreement in American society that is often overlooked in favor of surface-level polarization. In clear and accessible terms, Harms lays out evidence from philosophy, science, history, and contemporary polling data that debate of politics and religion can lead to greater agreement and more civil discourse. From Enlightenment philosophy, to twentieth and twenty-first century primatology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and psychology, there is an agreement that the centuries-old "humans are prone to sin" thesis is wrong. Human nature is not a thin civilized veneer wrapped over a dark primal core. Sympathy, pity, cooperation, and desire to be loved (and to be lovely) are just as central to our being. Interestingly, this story can be connected to American politics. Americans are bombarded with the message that they are divided. But it turns out Americans are in far greater agreement than they are told. When we consult the public opinion record, we see overwhelming agreement. America is not divided. And talking about politics and religion can help bring that into focus.

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