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Seeking Secularism: Resisting Religiosity in Marriage and Divorce - A Comparative Study of England and America


Sarah Beresford


University of Lancaster

June 27, 2011

Web JCLI, Vol. 3, 2011

Abstract:     
This article explores some of the legal and religious aspects of marriage and divorce in England and Wales and America. It argues that legal marriage and divorce (if it is to continue to exist as a legal concept), should be purely secular and civil. In other words, there should be no religious involvement of any kind at the formation or demise of a legally regulated relationship such as marriage. This article further suggests that the state and the law should not facilitate or promote religiosity in marriage or divorce, nor should religious marriages should have any legal force. Instead of continuing to encourage religiosity in marriage and divorce, Law should instead look to ways of strengthening the secularisation of marriage and divorce.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 19

Keywords: marriage, divorce, covenant, religion, law

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Date posted: June 27, 2011  

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Beresford, Sarah, Seeking Secularism: Resisting Religiosity in Marriage and Divorce - A Comparative Study of England and America (June 27, 2011). Web JCLI, Vol. 3, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1873287

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Sarah Beresford (Contact Author)
University of Lancaster ( email )
Lancaster LA1 4YN
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/law/profiles/493
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