By Kent Greenawalt

Balancing appreciate for spiritual conviction and the values of liberal democracy is a frightening problem for judges and lawmakers, fairly while non secular teams search exemption from legislation that govern others. should still individuals of non secular sects be capable to use peyote in worship? should still pacifists be pressured to participate in army carrier while there's a draft, and may this rely on whether or not they are non secular? How can the legislations deal with the refusal of folks to supply treatment to their children--or the refusal of medical professionals to accomplish abortions? Religion and the Constitution offers a brand new framework for addressing those and different debatable questions that contain competing calls for of equity, liberty, and constitutional validity.

In the 1st of 2 significant volumes at the intersection of constitutional and non secular concerns within the usa, Kent Greenawalt specializes in one of many Constitution's major clauses bearing on faith: the loose workout Clause. starting with a quick account of the clause's beginning and a brief heritage of the splendid Court's best judgements approximately freedom of faith, he devotes a bankruptcy to every of the most controversies encountered by way of judges and lawmakers. delicate to every case's context in judging no matter if specified therapy of spiritual claims is justified, Greenawalt argues that the state's remedy of faith can't be lowered to a unmarried formula.

Calling all through for faith to be taken extra heavily as a strength for which means in people's lives, Religion and the Constitution goals to deal with the utmost expression of non secular conviction that's in step with a dedication to equity and the general public welfare.

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