Classifying church-state arrangements: Beyond religious versus secular

Jensen, Darryn (2011). Classifying church-state arrangements: Beyond religious versus secular. In Nadirsyah Hosen and Richard Mohr (Ed.), Law and religion in public life: The contemporary debate (pp. 15-33) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203816967

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Author Jensen, Darryn
Title of chapter Classifying church-state arrangements: Beyond religious versus secular
Title of book Law and religion in public life: The contemporary debate
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.4324/9780203816967
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780415572491
Editor Nadirsyah Hosen
Richard Mohr
Chapter number 1
Start page 15
End page 33
Total pages 19
Total chapters 11
Language eng
Subjects B1
180108 Constitutional Law
950404 Religion and Society
Formatted Abstract/Summary
With religion at centre stage in conflicts worldwide, and in social, ethical and geo-political debates, this book takes a timely look at relations between law and religion. To what extent can religion play a role in secular legal systems? How do peoples of various faiths live successfully by both secular laws as well as their religious laws? Are there limits to freedom of religion? These questions are related to legal deliberations and broader discussions around secularism, multiculturalism, immigration, settlement and security.

The book is unique in bringing together leading scholars and respected religious leaders to examine legal, theoretical, historical and religious aspects of the most pressing social issues of our time. In addressing each other’s concerns, the authors ensure accessibility to interdisciplinary and non-specialist audiences: scholars and students in social sciences, human rights, theology and law, as well as a broader audience engaged in social, political and religious affairs. Five of the book’s thirteen chapters address specific contemporary issues in Australia, one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world and a pioneer of multicultural policies. Australia is a revealing site for contemporary studies in a world afraid of immigration and terrorism. The other chapters deal with political, legal and ethical issues of global significance. In conclusion, the editors propose increasing dialogue with and between religions. Law may intervene in or guide such dialogue by defending the free exchange of religious ideas, by adjudicating disputes over them, or by promoting a civil society that negotiates, rather than litigates. [from publisher's website]
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