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Washington and Lee University    
 
    
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 University Catalog
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REL 222 - Law and Religion


(LAW 355) FDR: SS4
Credits: 3

Open to undergraduates and law students. Drawing on examples from diverse periods and legal cultures, this seminar addresses "law" and "religion" as two realms of life that have much shared history and continue to intersect in the modern world. Several important topics in comparative law and jurisprudence are covered, including authority and legitimacy, the relation between custom and statute, legal pluralism, church-state relations, and competing models of constitutional secularism. A selective survey of legal systems and practices rooted in particular religious traditions is followed by an examination of how secular legal systems conceptualize religion and balance the protection of religious freedom with their standards of equity and neutrality. Lubin.





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