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Religious Liberty and the Law: Theistic and Non-Theistic Perspectives

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ISBN13: 9781138244474
Published: July 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Questions of religious liberty have become flashpoints of controversy in virtually every area of life around the world. Despite protection of religious liberty at both supranational and individual state levels, there are an increasing number of conflicts concerning the proper way to recognize it, both in modern secular states, and in countries with an established religion or theocratic mode of government.

This book provides an analysis of the general concept of religious liberty with a close study of important cases that serve as a test bed for proposals. It combines the insights of both pure academics and experienced practitioners in law to take a fresh look at the nature, scope and limits of religious liberty. Divided into three parts, the collection presents a blend of legal and philosophical approaches, and draws on cases from a wide range of jurisdictions, including Brazil, Poland, Australia, USA, Netherlands, and Canada.

Presenting a broad range of views, this often provocative volume makes fascinating reading for academics and researchers working in the areas of law and religion, legal philosophy and human rights.

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Part I: The Nature of Religious Liberty
1.Paul Copan, "The Biblical Worldview Context for Religious Liberty"
2.Laura Kittel, "Thomas Jefferson and the pursuit of happiness: Rethinking what happiness means for us today"
3. Hendrik Kaptein, "How to make room for God-In Man: Tracing Epictetus' totalities of religious freedom"
4. Dallas Miller, "The Right to Religious Freedom: A Judicial Approach"

Part II: The Scope of Religious Liberty
5. Angus Menuge, "The Secular State's Interest in Religious Liberty"
6. Mary Anne Waldron, James K.A. Smith, Ray Pennings and Christiaan VanderGeest, "Developments in Law and Secularism in Canada"
7. Dwight Newman, "The Challenging Parallelism of Rights Claims Based on Religious Identity and Sexual Identity"
8. John Calvert, "Religious Rights of Parents and Students in US K-12 Public Education"
9. Vito Breda, "Over the Secular Ridge of Human Wants: The constitutional legitimacy of secular-state funding of chaplaincy programmes in Australia"
Part III: Defining the Limits of Religious Liberty
10. Dobrochna Bach-Golecka, "Freedom of religion and freedom of conscience within the contemporary human rights debate"
11. Paul Cliteur, "Modern hostage taking: a most serious problem for religious liberty today"
12. Katya Kozicki and William Pugliese, "Religious liberty in Brazil: piecing the puzzle through contemporary decisions".