Religious Freedom in the Liberal State

Paperback | March 19, 2015

byRex Ahdar, Ian Leigh

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Examining the law and public policy relating to religious liberty in Western liberal democracies, this book contains a detailed analysis of the history, rationale, scope, and limits of religious freedom from (but not restricted to) an evangelical Christian perspective. Focussing on UnitedKingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and EU, it studies the interaction between law and religion at several different levels, looking at the key debates that have arisen.Divided into three parts, the book begins by contrasting the liberal and Christian rationales for and understandings of religious freedom. It then explores central thematic issues: the types of constitutional frameworks within which any right to religious exercise must operate; the varieties ofparadigmatic relationships between organized religion and the state; the meaning of 'religion'; the limitations upon individual and institutional religious behaviour; and the domestic and international legal mechanisms that have evolved to address religious conduct. The final part explores keysubject areas where current religious freedom controversies have arisen: employment; education; parental rights and childrearing; controls on pro-religious and anti-religious expression; medical treatment; and religious group (church) autonomy. This new edition is fully updated with the growing case law in the area, and features increased coverage of Islam and the flashpoint debates surrounding the accommodation of Muslim beliefs and practices in Anglophone nations.

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Examining the law and public policy relating to religious liberty in Western liberal democracies, this book contains a detailed analysis of the history, rationale, scope, and limits of religious freedom from (but not restricted to) an evangelical Christian perspective. Focussing on UnitedKingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand...

Rex Ahdar is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Otago, where he has taught since 1985. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley in 1991. His current teaching embraces: Competition Law, Contract Law, and Law and Religion. His research interests include Competition Law and Policy, Church-S...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:532 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198738110

ISBN - 13:9780198738114

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I1. Christian Perspectives2. Liberal PerspectivesPart II3. Models of Religion-State Relations4. Legal Protection of Religious Freedom5. Is Establishment Consistent with Religious Freedom?6. Limits to Religious FreedomPart III7. Families, Parents, and Children8. Education9. Medical Treatment10. Employment11. Religious Group Autonomy12. Religious Expression and ProtestBibliography

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`this edition fully lives up to the standard set by the first one. It is not only a comprehensive survey of the area but it also provides a gentle but scholarly critique of some liberal theories which would displace religion altogether from having a place in public argument.'John Duddington, Law and Justice