How Religion Constrains Law and the Idea of Choice

P. Babie and N. Rochow (eds), Freedom of Religion under the Bill of Rights', University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide 190-215

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2012-29

17 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2012 Last revised: 31 Aug 2012

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Ngaire Naffine

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: August 22, 2012

Abstract

In its broadest sense, this chapter is about the exercise of religious influence on and within law. Its focus is on the Christian religion and especially those parts of the Christian faithful that seek to influence law: who proselytise. Specifically, it concentrates on the ideas of the Roman Catholic Church. It considers the nature, the desirability and legitimacy of such influence, especially in the light of liberal Enlightenment principles that entail a commitment to human reason, equality and choice.

Keywords: religious influence, Roman Catholic church, Religion constrains the law

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Naffine, Ngaire, How Religion Constrains Law and the Idea of Choice (August 22, 2012). P. Babie and N. Rochow (eds), Freedom of Religion under the Bill of Rights', University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide 190-215, U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2012-29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2134536

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