God and the Secular Legal System: Introduction
Rafael Domingo, God and the Secular Legal System (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
18 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2017
Date Written: March 16, 2017
The author argues that secular legal systems should treat God, religion, and conscience with respect. Respect demands not only positive feelings or deference toward these realities, but also specific actions that express and reflect that appreciation. Of the secular legal system, in the case of God, respect requires recognition; in the case of religion, toleration; and in the case of conscience, accommodation. And of citizens, in the case of God, respect requires free mention and invocation; in the case of religion, free exercise and practice; in the case of conscience, moral autonomy.
Keywords: God, religious freedom, neutrality, secular legal system
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