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Legal Spirits Episode 031: The Biden Inauguration, Civil Religion & the Religious Left

In this podcast, Center Co-Directors Marc DeGirolami and Mark Movsesian reflect on the religious imagery in last month’s inauguration and how it fits within the American tradition of civil religion. They also ask whether the new administration reflects the rise of the Religious Left: a political coalition of progressive believers, including progressive Catholics like President Biden himself. How stable is that coalition? Listen in!

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Special Issue of the Journal of Law, Religion and State

Even in regular times, religion, law, and state coexist in tense and complex relations. Crises exacerbate the tensions and conflicts, as we saw recently, during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Various religious groups that usually comply with state law disregarded safety rules to conduct religious rituals, endangering adherents and others. Religions and states found themselves in multiple, continuous conflictual situations.

The Journal of Law, Religion and State recently published a special issue tackling such topics on law, religion and COVID-19. All articles are open access till the end of 2021 and can be found here.

Call for Papers — Journal of Law, Religion and State

The Journal of Law, Religion and State extends the submission deadline for an issue on conversion, proselytization, and secularization to March 1st, 2021. Interested scholars can submit either full papers (between 8,000-10,000 words) or short case studies (up to 4000 words). The Issue will be published in 2021.

More detailed information and additional instructions for authors are available in the attached file.

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Legal Spirits Episode 030: Supreme Court Blocks NY’s Covid Restrictions on Churches

By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court recently granted a preliminary injunction against New York’s restrictions on church gatherings during the continuing Covid epidemic. In this episode, we discuss the case, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo, and explore its implications for similar cases pending at the Court. We also ask why these cases have provoked such a reaction in the wider public (hint: it’s politics and the culture wars). Listen in!

Legal Spirits Episode 029: “What It Means to Be Human”–a Discussion with Professor Carter Snead

What is the anthropology–the account of human nature and human flourishing–that grounds the American law of bioethics? Is it an appealing one, or are there problems with it? In our latest podcast with Professor O. Carter Snead of the University of Notre Dame Law School, we probe these and related questions in his recently released book, What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics (Harvard University Press). Professor Snead discussed several chapters with us and our students in our Colloquium in Law and Religion. Listen in as we range over some of the deep questions covered by this important new book!