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University of Michigan Law School

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1998

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Religion Law

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Talking About Religion In The Language Of The Law: Impossible But Necessary, James Boyd White Jan 1998

Talking About Religion In The Language Of The Law: Impossible But Necessary, James Boyd White

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In speaking to this conference about religion and law I am in a decidedly peculiar position, for it may be that every one of you has thought longer and harder about the relation between these two forms of life than I have. When Scott Idleman first asked me to talk to you, I explained that I was no expert, to put it mildly, and that the most that I could offer would be the reflections of a neophyte. He said that this was fine-perhaps he was just desperate for a speaker; perhaps he thought that it might be helpful to …


Response To Judging Religion By Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (Symposium: Religion And The Judicial Process: Legal, Ethical, And Empirical Dimensions), James Boyd White Jan 1998

Response To Judging Religion By Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (Symposium: Religion And The Judicial Process: Legal, Ethical, And Empirical Dimensions), James Boyd White

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In her paper Professor Sullivan sets forth an admirable ideal: that we in the law should talk about religion as a distinctive human activity, without either engaging in theology ourselves or erasing what is important about religion. We: should, in her words, learn to acknowledge religion without establishing it. For this activity, as she has also argued in Paying the Words Extra, the discipline of the history of religion can serve as a model, for there too people strive to reflect what is distinctive about religion without committing themselves to the validity of a particular theology or set of religious …