Interpreting the Free Exercise of Religion: The Constitution and American Pluralism / Edition 1

Interpreting the Free Exercise of Religion: The Constitution and American Pluralism / Edition 1

by Bette Novit Evans
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807846740

ISBN-13: 9780807846742

Pub. Date: 01/19/1998

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

A generation ago, all of the big questions concerning religious freedom in America seemed to have been resolved. At the very least, the lines of division between proponents of a wall of separation between church and state and advocates of religious accommodation seemed clearly drawn. Since then, increasing religious diversity and changing functions of government

Overview

A generation ago, all of the big questions concerning religious freedom in America seemed to have been resolved. At the very least, the lines of division between proponents of a wall of separation between church and state and advocates of religious accommodation seemed clearly drawn. Since then, increasing religious diversity and changing functions of government have raised new questions about what it means to allow the free exercise of religion. In this book, Bette Novit Evans explores the contemporary understandings of this First Amendment guarantee in all of its complexity and ambiguity. Evans situates constitutional arguments about free exercise within the context of theological and sociological insights about American religious experience. She surveys and evaluates several of the most well considered approaches to religious freedom and applies them to contemporary legal controversies, examining problems in defining religion and claims concerning the autonomy of religious institutions. Her conclusions about religious liberty are embedded in an appreciation of American pluralism: the guarantee of religious freedom, she argues, can be understood as an instrument for fostering alternative sources of meaning within a pluralistic political community.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807846742
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/19/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Search for Principles
2. Definitions of Religion under the Free Exercise Clause
3. Burdens to Religious Beliefs
4. The Nature of Religious Exercises
5. The Autonomy of Religious Institutions
6. Threats to Religious Identity
7. Burdens on Religious Exercise
8. Accommodating, Exempting, and Balancing: Religious Freedom and the Political Process
9. The Pluralist Theory of Free Exercise
Notes
Index

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