Law and Religion (Issues in Law and Society)

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The global resurgence of religion in the latter part of the twentieth century contradicts the supposed inevitability of the secularization process. Modernization was meant to spell the decline of religion. Instead, as distinguished sociologist of religion, Peter Berger, noted recently, 'secularization theory has been falsified...The world today is massively religious and it is anything but the secularized world that had been predicted by many analysts of modernity.' The major world religions, particularly in their conservative, orthodox or traditionalist forms-as well as multifarious new religious movements-are making increasingly difficult claims upon modern democratic states. Fundamental liberal concepts of tolerance and neutrality are receiving renewed and critical scrutiny in the wake of such claims. As the new millennium commences this volume explores a range of topics concerning the complex interaction between law and religion. What evidence concerning 'cults' should be admitted in trials involving minority religious groups? Are blasphemous works of art the law’s concern? What is the likely impact of the new UK Human Rights Act 1998 upon religious organizations? To what extent does the the United Nations advance religious freedom. Can one learn much from the morass of American cases on religion? Scholars from the United Kingdom, the United States, The Netherlands and Australasia expose the recurrent dilemmas and tensions in this field and analyze important issues of religious freedom and courts’ treatment of religious controversy. The European and American approaches to religious liberty are highlighted as is the international dimension to religious rights.

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Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Rex J. Ahdar, Calum Carmichael, Malcolm D. Evans, Michael W. McConnell, Marie A. Failinger, James T. Richardson, Julian Rivers, Sophie C. van Bijsterveld, Reid Mortensen, Davina Cooper.

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'...fascinating insights into one of the most fundamental issues facing our world today...a challenge to anyone with an intelligent interest in the subject of law and religion, particularly to practitioners in the law and to those responsible for framing legislation...reading these essays will certainly make the reader better informed and I think the standard of the analysis in the essays is such as to make the reader also wiser in connection with these topics.' The Right Hon. Lord Mackay of Clashfern '...a very important book. What is impressive in this particular work is the uniform consistency of quality in all of its content, a characteristic that is notably lacking in many collections of solicited articles...a very accomplished aggregate of inspiring ideas on a theme deserving of serious attention.' Modern Law Review '...constitutes an excellent addition to the existing literature in this increasingly important area of law.' Singapore Journal of Legal Studies '...a stimulating mix of disciplines and approaches...This collection will be of considerable interest to those concerned with the interaction of law and religion in the United Kingdom jurisdictions, and is highly recommended.' Ecclesiastical Law Journal '...this book is one that serious thinkers about law and religion should read.' The Christian Lawyer '...a valuable contribution to the effort to bring a broader range of insights and experience to bear on the problems of religious freedom.' Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law '...an interesting sourcebook for the current debates on the position of law and religion at the beginning of the 21st century.' European Human Rights Law Review

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