This new collection of essays from Cambridge, Law as Religion, Religion as Law, looks interesting. The basic thrust of the volume is that the demands of law and religion do not oppose one another but, in fact, overlap and complement one another. That’s certainly true sometimes! The editors are scholars David Flatto and Benjamin Porat, both of Hebrew University. The publisher’s description follows:

The conventional approach to law and religion assumes that these are competing domains, which raises questions about the freedom of, and from, religion; alternate commitments of religion and human rights; and respective jurisdictions of civil and religious courts. This volume moves beyond this competitive paradigm to consider law and religion as overlapping and interrelated frameworks that structure the social order, arguing that law and religion share similar properties and have a symbiotic relationship. Moreover, many legal systems exhibit religious characteristics, informing their notions of authority, precedent, rituals and canonical texts, and most religions invoke legal concepts or terminology. The contributors address this blurring of law and religion in the contexts of political theology, secularism, church-state conflicts, and the foundational idea of divine law. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

Leave a Reply