Liberal Approaches to Religious Lawmaking

Lucinda Peach

in Legislating Morality

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143713
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786053 | DOI:
 Liberal Approaches to Religious Lawmaking

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This chapter examines liberal proposals for addressing the dilemma of religious lawmaking, focusing on the work of Kent Greenawalt. It shows that liberal approaches to religious lawmaking reflect problematic assumptions about the nature of religion as voluntarist, of religious convictions as a matter of choice rather than compulsion, of religion as a private rather than public matter, and of the moral self as divisible into private and public aspects. Greenawalt’s approach, which permits a larger role for religion in lawmaking, is an improvement over traditional liberal theories. However, these proposals remain inadequate, particularly in their failure to recognize or protect the Citizenship Rights and interests of pregnant women.

Keywords: religious lawmaking; liberal views; Kent Greenawalt; religion

Chapter.  10909 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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