When Law and Religion Meet: The Point of Convergence

When Law and Religion Meet: The Point of Convergence

When Law and Religion Meet: The Point of Convergence

When Law and Religion Meet: The Point of Convergence

Synopsis

Law. Religion. Do they have anything to say to each other? If so, what, and toward what end? And is the notion of productive dialogue between these two fields not surprising but essential? Long considered unlikely bedfellows at best and, at worst, outright opponents, law and religion have been meeting in significant ways, thanks to the seminal and ongoing work of Emory University?'s Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR), where scholars worldwide come together for this express purpose. Neither belligerently butting heads nor cozying up for a t'te-?-t'te, representatives of these two disciplines are daring to look at the big questions that bridge their domains ? and are daring to propose ways of working together. These encounters go way beyond verbal sparring and schmoozing. Joining the ranks of law and religion professors at CSLR conferences are the leaders of major religions in the U.S. ? Judaism, Islam, and multifaceted Christianity ? along with psychologists, sociologists, biologists, and policy makers. Commemorating CSLR?'s twenty-fifth anniversary, When Law and Religion Meet traces what motivated the Center?'s beginnings, what has impelled its work over the last quarter century, and what fuels the trajectory of law and religion, both separately and together, as they continue in productive dialogue. This pithy, illustrated volume is one that a wide range of readers will want to skim, explore, and return to.

Excerpt

Law. Religion. Oh, yes, they knew of each other, these two old dignitaries. But until the 1970s their intercourse consisted of a stiff nod in passing, at best. Like divergent and somewhat disdainful cultures, they chose not to mingle.

A prescient few, though, realized that these two crusty autocrats might benefIt from dialogue and, furthermore, that the separate spheres of law and religion would soon overlap in unprecedented ways.

Gifted with resources, opportunity, and suffIcient cheek, these few invited law and religion to the same table—and started asking questions that even isolationists couldn’t ignore.

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