John Inazu at the Colloquium in Law and Religion Today

We are delighted to welcome Professor John Inazu to the Colloquium in Law and Inazu.jpegReligion today.

John will be discussing the newly released edition of his recent book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference. Welcome, John!

Congratulations to Board Member Richard Sullivan


Judge Richard Sullivan

Congratulations to Center Board Member Judge Richard Sullivan! Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Rich to a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. For people keeping track, Rich is the second participant in our Center’s Tradition Project to be named to the federal appeals court. The other is Stephanos Bibas, now on the Third Circuit. We like to think our record speaks for itself.

Philip Hamburger at the Colloquium in Law and Religion today

We are delighted to welcome Professor Philip Hamburger to our Colloquium in Law and HamburgerReligion today.

Philip will be discussing several chapters of his most recent book, Liberal Suppression: Section 501(c)(3) and the Taxation of Speech (U. Chicago Press 2018).

Loyola University Maryland on Thursday

I’m very pleased to give a slightly belated Constitution Day lecture at Loyola University Maryland’s political science department this coming Thursday, at the kind invitation of Dr. Jesse Merriam. I’ll be speaking about the trajectory of some of the Court’s more recent First Amendment cases involving the freedom of speech and religious freedom.

The King’s College Tomorrow With Professor David Tubbs

I’m very pleased to be at The King’s College tomorrow in Manhattan, where I’ll be giving a response to Professor David Tubbs’s Constitution Day Lecture: “The Burdens of Constitutional Memory: Slavery, Segregation, and the Supreme Court.” The event is free though RSVP is requested. Hope to see any of the Center’s local readers and followers there!

Law and Religion Colloquium Hosts Robert Louis Wilken


Thanks so much to Professor Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia, Emeritus) for joining our colloquium this week to presenting chapters from his forthcoming book on the Christian origins of religious freedom. Professor Wilken is one of the foremost historians of Christianity and it was a great privilege to have him with us. Come again soon, Robert!

“Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law” (Dubber, ed.)

Another point of personal privilege, though not right down the law and religion fairway.Dubber.jpeg Oxford University Press has published a new paperback version of this collection of essays on foundational figures in the intellectual history of criminal law: Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law, edited by Markus D. Dubber. I have a chapter in the book on the thought of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen and his view of the ends of criminal punishment. Stephen, as it happens, was extremely interested in “offenses against religion” in his magnificent “History of the Criminal Law of England.” So, you see, law and religion is truly ubiquitous. The book contains very fine work on more familiar figures (e.g., Mill, Kant, Blackstone) as well as less well-known writers like Gustav Radbruch and Gunther Jakobs. And there is an accompanying volume where one can see some of the lesser known, and not widely available, texts discussed.

Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law presents essays in which scholars from various countries and legal systems engage critically with formative texts in criminal legal thought since Hobbes. It examines the emergence of a transnational canon of criminal law by documenting its intellectual and disciplinary history and provides a snapshot of contemporary work on criminal law within that historical and comparative context.

Criminal law discourse has become, and will continue to become, more international and comparative, and in this sense global: the long-standing parochialism of criminal law scholarship and doctrine is giving way to a broad exploration of the foundations of modern criminal law. The present book advances this promising scholarly and doctrinal project by making available key texts, including several not previously available in English translation, from the common law and civil law traditions, accompanied by contributions from leading representatives of both systems.

Professor Robert Louis Wilken at the Center for Law and Religion today

We are delighted to host Professor Robert Louis Wilken (the author of one of my favorite books on the history of the early Church) today to discuss his forthcoming book, “Liberty in the Things of God.”

Professor Wilken’s presentation is the first at our Colloquium in Law and Religion this fall. More soon on the substance of Professor Wilken’s very interesting new book concerning the intellectual origins of the idea of religious freedom.

“Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground” (Wilson & Eskridge, eds.)

I’m pleased to announce the publication of this new volume of essays, Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground (CUP), edited by Professors RobinReligious Freedom LGBT.jpg Fretwell Wilson and William N. Eskridge, Jr. The book contains an admirably broad range of perspectives on the sundry conflicts ahead and behind involving these often clashing civil rights. I’m biased in the book’s favor, since the authors generously included me as one of the contributors. My chapter, On the Uses of Anti-Christian Identity Politics, can be read in draft here.

The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT) are strongly contested by certain faith communities, and this confrontation has become increasingly pronounced following the adjudication of a number of legal cases. As the strident arguments of both sides enter a heated political arena, it brings forward the deeply contested question of whether there is any possibility of both communities’ contested positions being reconciled under the same law. This volume assembles impactful voices from the faith, LGBT advocacy, legal, and academic communities – from the Human Rights Campaign and ACLU to the National Association of Evangelicals and Catholic and LDS churches. The contributors offer a 360-degree view of culture-war conflicts around faith and sexuality – from Obergefell to Masterpiece Cakeshop – and explore whether communities with such profound differences in belief are able to reach mutually acceptable solutions in order to both live with integrity.

CLR at George Mason Next Month


csas-logoNext month, Marc and I will among the speakers at “Religion and the Administrative State,” a conference sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason’s Antonin Scalia Law School. The Center’s Director, Adam White, has put together a very interesting set of panels, including the one on which Marc and I will speak, “The Future of the First Amendment.” The conference, scheduled for September 14, will appeal to anyone with an interest in church-state relations. For details, please check the conference announcement, here.

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