The Law of Religious Organizations: Between Establishment and Secularism by Julian RiversThe Law of Religious Organizations: Between Establishment and Secularism by Julian Rivers

The Law of Religious Organizations: Between Establishment and Secularism

byJulian Rivers

Hardcover | August 22, 2010

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This book provides the first modern systematic account of the English law relating to religious organizations. It introduces the subject through an historical overview of the relationship between church and state, and a depiction of contemporary patterns and structures of organized faith.It considers in depth the emerging human rights law of religious associations, the legal constitution of religious bodies, the status of ministers of religion and legal privileges associated with public religion.Subsequent chapters examine the legal regulation of major aspects of religious life, including rituals, faith-based education and the delivery of faith-based welfare services. The book also considers broader questions of the legal regulation of religion in public life, from access to publicdiscourse through formal and informal governmental consultation processes to safeguarding the presence of religious voices in the regulated mass media. The final chapter draws together the author's reflections on trends at a broader level of constitutional theory. It argues that modern constitutional law occupies an uncertain position between establishment and secularism. While accepting a version of the secularization thesis in respect of Englishlaw, the author identifies but rejects legal secularism as a specific alternative to establishment. Instead, he argues for the clearer recognition of constitutional principles of autonomy and neutrality in the regulation of religious life. The principal focus of the book is the law as it applies to non-established religions, but comparative reference is made throughout to the position of the Church of England. It emphasises the recent historical development of the law as an essential key to understanding current controversies andpossible future resolutions.
Julian Rivers studied law at the Universities of Cambridge and Gottingen before being appointed a lecturer at the University of Bristol. He was appointed Professor of Jurisprudence in 2007.
Title:The Law of Religious Organizations: Between Establishment and SecularismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:300 pagesPublished:August 22, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199226105

ISBN - 13:9780199226108

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Table of Contents

1. The Changing Law of Church and State2. Patterns and Structures of Organized Belief3. The Human Rights of Religious Associations4. The Constitution of Religious Bodies5. Ministers of Religion6. Public Religion7. Regulated Rituals8. Chaplaincies9. Faith-based Schools10. Faith-based Welfare Services11. Access to Public Discourse12. In Search of Constitutional Principle