This module will examine the main issues arising in context of the contemporary relationship between religion, the individual, the law and the state. The module will involve comparative analysis of the principle patterns of regulating such relationships. It will also address the major debates around the relationship between theories of egalitarian liberal democracy and secularism. This analysis will focus on theoretical debates around the admissibility of religious arguments in lawmaking, the complicated relationship between freedom of and freedom from religion and the role of religion in non-discrimination law.
1. Key Concepts.
2. Freedom of Religion
3. Freedom from Religion
4. The Secular State
5. Religion in the Political Arena
6. Blasphemy and Free Speech
7. Religion, Culture and State
9. Comparative Analysis of Church/State Arrangements in Europe
10. Revision Session
Mark Lilla, The Stillborn God, (New York, Knopf, 2007).
Juergen Habermas, ‘Religion in the public sphere’. European Journal of Philosophy, 14/1, 2006:1-25
Richard Rorty, 1994 “Religion as Conversation-Stopper.” Common Knowledge 3:1 (Spring), 1–6.
Michael Perry, Religious arguments in public political debate, (1996) 29 Loyola Law Review 1411
Nicholas Hatzis, Personal religious beliefs in the workplace: How not to define indirect discrimination (2011) 74 Modern Law Review 287
Ronan McCrea, Religion and the Public Order of the European Union (Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2010) chapters 6 and 7