Dialoguing with Paganism

Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 57-61 (2019)

George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 19-11

7 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2019

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Helen M. Alvare

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Date Written: July 1, 2019

Abstract

Professor Steven D. Smith’s comparison of ancient and contemporary beliefs in the “immanent sacred” works well in his book, Pagans and Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac. By this I mean that it’s quite plausible, and accounts for quite a few contemporary claims, disputes, and movements in both law and culture. The book’s implications for law are likely too complicated to allow for anything like its straightforward application in today’s religion clause contests. Still, it might indirectly assist traditional believers to lower the temperature of, or even avoid, such contests. I develop each of these points in this article.

Keywords: contraception, abortion, religion, conscientious objection, sex

JEL Classification: J13, K1, K3, K36, Z12

Suggested Citation

Alvare, Helen M., Dialoguing with Paganism (July 1, 2019). Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 57-61 (2019), George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 19-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3413038

Helen M. Alvare (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )

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