This issue is a theme issue on “The Role of Religion in a Free Society,” with guest editors Richard Epstein and Mario Rizzo of New York University School of Law, and Michael McConnell of Stanford Law School. Contributions range from legal analyses to theoretical forays to fascinating case studies all centered on the question of the nature, limits, role, and rights of religious people and institutions in a free society.
Executive editor Kevin Schmiesing frames the issue and outlines its origin in his (open-access) editorial:
Are religious—often Christian—ideas a welcome contribution to public debate or a threat to the liberal order? Are current trends in jurisprudence, legislation, and government administration beneficial—ensuring a neutral (or secular) public space and government as intended by the nation’s founders—or are they detrimental—corruptions of constitutional guarantees to free exercise of religion? What is the best way to navigate between calls to constrain religious freedom for the sake of the common good and protests against the state’s violation of the rights of free exercise? To explore these questions and others, the Classical Liberal Institute at the New York University School of Law convened a conference in November 2017, on “The Role of Religion in Free Society.” We are pleased to present here a selection of papers from that conference.
In addition to these articles, this issue offers our usual slate of book reviews and notes, the latter of which are available open-access here.
Painting by Robert Walter Weir
entitled Embarkation of the Pilgrims