Law and Religion, the fourth volume in the Current Legal Issues series, is a comprehensive treatment of an area that will stimulate and enlighten anyone interested in law and religion. Both common and civil law jurisdictions and a wide variety of cultural contexts are represented. In addition the volume contains contributions written from a wide variety of faith perspectives (Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Ba'hai) as well as from a secular perspective. Contributors
discuss a series of difficult and important issues from the interaction in contemporary societies of law and religious practice to the coherence of the notion of the soul and of the scope and limits of our concept of religion in a post modern world. A major theme of the volume is the common
hermeneutical questions faced by the Islamic Christian and Jewish traditions. In addition, the implications for religious practice of the contemporary ascendancy of human rights are thoroughly and critically considered. A number of the essays argue forcefully for controversial conclusions such as the legitimacy of the claim by some of the Christian Churches in New Zealand to exemption from legislation prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The European Convention on
Human Rights and the jurisprudence of the Court come under particular critical scrutiny for example in relation to their protection of freedom of religion in the work place. Consideration is given to the extent to which State law can, should and does provide a regulatory framework for the life of
religious institutions without compromising their collective autonomy for example in relation to matters of doctrine.
`This collection will quickly establish itself as compulsory reading for practitioners working close to the law-religion dividing line: it provokes thought on issues like the difference in legal treatment of established churches and those regarded as private law constructions, and it offers a substantial and useful listing of case-law and national legislation.'
`... a fascinating volume to dip in to, examining the interaction of religious practice and the law, raising a number of difficult and fascinating questions.'
`This book makes a good read, not just for lawyers and theologians, but for anyone intrigued by the tensions between law and religion.'
Richard O'Dair: Editorial Introduction
Howard M. Ducharme: The Image of God and the Moral Identity of Persons: An Evaluation of the Holistic Theology of Persons
Calum Carmichael: The Divine in the Law
Gary Watt: Giving unto Caesar: Rationality, Reciprocity, and Legal Recognition of Religion
Anthony Bradney: Politics and Sociology: New Research Agendas for the Study of Law and religion
Steven D. Smith: Law as a Religious Enterprise: Legal Interpretation and Scriptural Interpretation
Bernard S. Jackson: Historical Observations on the Relationship between Letter and Spirit
Jeanne Gaakeer: `Batter My Heart': On the Three Disciplined Search for Meaning
Edward M. Andries: Postmodernism, Hermeneutics, and Authenticity: Interpreting Legal and Theological Texts in the 21st Century
Robert Gleave: The `First Source' of Islamic Law: Muslim Legal Exegesis of the Qua'an
Matthijs de Blois: Law and Religion: The Case of the History of Human Rights: Freedom of Religion as the Fruit of the Radical Reformation
Javier Martinez-Torron: The European Court of Human Rights and Religion
Malcolm D. Evans: Human Rights, Religious Liberty, and the University Debate
Julian Rivers: Religious Liberty as a Collective Right
Ian Leigh: Clashing Rights, Exemptions, and Opt-Outs: Religious Liberty and `Homophobia'
Rex J. Ahdar: Religious Group Autonomy, Gay Ordination and Human Rights Law
Sophie C. van Bijsterveld: Freedom of Religion: Legal Perspective on Religion
Steven H. Resnicoff: Professional Ethics and Autonomy: A Theological Critique
J. David Bleich: Clergy Privilege and Conscientious Objection to the Privilege
Michael Freeman: Is the Jewish `Get' any Business of the State?
Perry Dane: The Intersecting Worlds of Religious and Secular Marriage
Mark Hill: Judicial Approaches to Religious Disputes
Norman Doe and Anthony Jeremy: Justifications for Religious Autonomy
Peter W. Edge: Religious Remants in the Composition of the United Kingdom parliament
Augur Pearce: Religious Denomination or Public Religion?: The Legal Status of the Church of England
David Harte: Defining the Legal Boundaries of Orthodoxy: For Public and Private Religion in England
Danesh Sarooshi: International Law and Peace between the Nations: The Contribution of the Baha'i Faith
Reid Mortensen: A Voyage in God's Canoe: Law and Religion in Melanesia
Paul Beaumont: Christian Perspectives on the Law: What Makes them Distinctive?
Piotr Mazurkiewicz: Radical Change in the Legal Regulation of Religious Affairs as Exemplified by Post-Communist Poland
Series: Current Legal Issues : Book 4
Number Of Pages: 606
Published: 1st September 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.6
Weight (kg): 1.01