The secular Commonwealth: Constitutional government, law and religion

Mortensen, Reid (1995). The secular Commonwealth: Constitutional government, law and religion PhD Thesis, T.C. Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland.

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Author Mortensen, Reid
Thesis Title The secular Commonwealth: Constitutional government, law and religion
School, Centre or Institute T.C. Beirne School of Law
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1995
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor -
Total pages 478
Language eng
Subjects 1801 Law
Formatted abstract Three basic objectives are pursued in this thesis: (a) the development of a theory of secular government that is appropriate in conditions of religious pluralism; (b) the elaboration of the primary legal institutions that organise relations between government and religion; and (c) the reform and adjustment of these instimtions in light of the proposed theory of secular government. The thesis is developed through three parts. Part 1 deals with the philosophical basis of secular government and its historical development in common law countries through disestablishment, toleration and "the separation of church and state". Part 2 relates to the constitutional law in Australia, especially section 116 of the Commonwealth Constimtion. Part 3 relates to other aspects of the law: the use of religious and secular reasons in adjudication, the legal autonomy of religious groups, religious discrimination laws and blasphemy laws.
Keyword Church and state
Constitutional law

 
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