Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=904225
 
 

Citations (3)



 
 

Footnotes (165)



 


 



A Quiet Faith? Taxes, Politics, and the Privatization of Religion


Richard W. Garnett


Notre Dame Law School


Boston College Law Review, Vol. 42, p. 771, 2001
Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 06-08

Abstract:     
The government exempts religious associations from taxation and, in return, restricts their putatively "political" expression and activities. This exemption-and-restriction scheme invites government to interpret and categorize the means by which religious communities live out their vocations and engage the world. But government is neither well suited nor to be trusted with this kind of line-drawing. What's more, this invitation is dangerous to authentically religious consciousness and associations. When government communicates and enforces its own view of the nature of religion­i.e., that it is a "private" matter­and of its proper place­i.e., in the "private" sphere, not "in politics"­ it tempts believers and faith communities also to embrace this view. The result is a privatized faith, re-shaped to suit the vision and needs of government, and a public square evacuated of religious associations capable of mediating between persons and the state and challenging prophetically the government's claims and conduct.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 33

JEL Classification: K1, K19

Accepted Paper Series





Download This Paper

Date posted: May 25, 2006  

Suggested Citation

Garnett, Richard W., A Quiet Faith? Taxes, Politics, and the Privatization of Religion. Boston College Law Review, Vol. 42, p. 771, 2001; Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 06-08. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=904225

Contact Information

Richard W. Garnett (Contact Author)
Notre Dame Law School ( email )
Room 327
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
United States
574-631-6981 (Phone)
574-631-4197 (Fax)
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 4,209
Downloads: 253
Download Rank: 71,508
Citations:  3
Footnotes:  165

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo7 in 0.250 seconds