Questions of religious liberty have become flashpoints of controversy in virtually every area of life around the world. Despite the protection of religious liberty at both national and supranational levels, there is an increasing number of conflicts concerning the proper way to recognize it – both in modern secular states and in countries with an established religion or theocratic mode of government.

This book provides an analysis of the general concept of religious liberty along with a close study of important cases that can serve as test beds for conflict resolution proposals. It combines the insights of both pure academics and experienced legal practitioners to take a fresh look at the nature, scope and limits of religious liberty. Divided into two parts, the collection presents a blend of legal and philosophical approaches, and draws on cases from a wide range of jurisdictions, including Brazil, India, Australia, the USA, the Netherlands, and Canada.

Presenting a broad range of views, this often provocative volume makes for fascinating reading for academics and researchers working in the areas of law and religion, legal philosophy and human rights.

chapter |7 pages


part I|79 pages

The nature of religious liberty

chapter 2|20 pages

Thomas Jefferson and the pursuit of happiness

Rethinking what the right means for us today 1

chapter 3|15 pages

How to make room for God – in man

Tracing Epictetus’ totality of religious freedom

part II|133 pages

The scope and limits of religious liberty

chapter 9|16 pages

Over the secular ridge of human wants

The constitutional legitimacy of secular-state funding of chaplaincy programs in Australia

chapter 12|10 pages

Religious liberty in Brazil

Piecing the puzzle together through contemporary decisions