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"This book examines moral issues in public and private life from a religious but not devotional perspective. Rather than seeking to prove that one belief system or moral stance is right, it undertakes to help readers more fully understand the effect of religious beliefs and practices on ways of conceiving and addressing moral questions, without having to accept or to reject any specific religious outlook. It shows how the similarities between religions and the differences within any one religion are more important than the reverse. The book asks, Where do moral imperatives come from, and how do the answers found in religion and law interact?, How does the fact that a moral norm is grounded in religion affect our thinking about it?, What is the significance of the differences (and similarities) between religious and secular sources of moral norms?"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 607-613) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction. Some opening prompts ; Religion and the life of a lawyer Moral obligation and religious belief. What is the relation between the moral dimension of obligation and religious belief? ; Does religious belief necessarily have moral content? Does religious belief have any necessary moral content? ; What are the bases of resistance to religiously grounded morality? ; Concepts of God, Scripture, and revelation : the meanings of "divine inspiration" ; Modes of religiously grounded moral discernment Religion and some contemporary moral controversies. Economic justice ; Bioethical questions ; Abortion ; Homosexual sex The interaction between religion and the secular law. "Render unto Caesar" : religion and (dis)obedience to law ; Religiously grounded morality and the reach of public law ; Capital punishment ; War Responding to religious diversity. Holding the truth, lightly : religion, truth, and pluralism ; Jewish-Christian understanding : transcending the legacy of history Religiously grounded moral decision-making in professional life. Religiously grounded decision-making in law practice.
K3280 .L47 2010
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.