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Vol 22 No 5 May/June 2017

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Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt

Edited by: Patricia Londono, David Eady, A.T.H. Smith, Rt. Hon Lord Eassie
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Worlds Colliding

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Rex J. AhdarUniversity of Otago, New Zealand

ISBN13: 9780754622000
ISBN: 0754622002
Published: April 2003
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

The author argues that the prevailing worldview held by those in power in Western governments sets bounds for religious intolerance. He explores the degree to which a modern liberal state will allow a counter-cultural community the freedom to live according to its concept of a good life. Specifically, he takes one important group of religionists, ""conservative Christians"", (essentially theologically conservative, usually Protestant, Christians, who adhere to ""traditional"" moral values) and investigates how their worldview, attitudes and practices are treated by a state holding to an increasingly antithetical worldview. The book analyzes existing legal material in this new light, drawing together a number of disparate contemporary controversies and setting them within a coherent framework.

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Conservative Christianity; liberalism and the ""wellington worldview""; a model of engagement; human rights; the family and the challenge of children's rights; religious upbringing; corporal punishment; church autonomy and gay ordination; challenging same-sex marriage.