Gotta Serve Somebody?: Religious Liberty, Freedom of Conscience, and Religion as Comprehensive Doctrine.

Studies in Christian Ethics 33.2 (2020): 168-178, available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0953946819896418

Posted: 23 Jun 2021

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Francis Joseph Beckwith

Baylor University - Department of Philosophy; Baylor University - Department of Political Science; Baylor University - Institute for Studies of Religion

Date Written: August 4, 2019

Abstract

This article critically assesses an account of religious liberty often associated with several legal and political philosophers: Ronald Dworkin, John Rawls, and Christopher Eisgruber and Lawrence Sager. Calling it the Religion as Comprehensive Doctrine approach (RCD), the author contrasts it with an account often attributed to John Locke and the American Founders Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, the Two Sovereigns approach (TS). He argues that the latter provides an important corrective to RCD’s chief weakness: RCD eliminates (or greatly diminishes) from our vision those aspects of religious belief and practice that most conventional religious believers would consider essential to their faith.

May be accessed via the publisher's site: https://doi.org/10.1177/0953946819896418

Keywords: Religious liberty, John Rawls, Ronald Dworkin, Christopher Eisgruber, comprehensive doctrine, divine command, marriage, Masterpiece Cakeshop

Suggested Citation

Beckwith, Francis, Gotta Serve Somebody?: Religious Liberty, Freedom of Conscience, and Religion as Comprehensive Doctrine. (August 4, 2019). Studies in Christian Ethics 33.2 (2020): 168-178, available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0953946819896418, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3859778

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