Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion

A Christian Approach to Corporate Religious Liberty

Authors: David, Edward A.

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  • Draws upon Christian ethical and group-ontological thought to argue that corporate religious liberty rights should apply to group actions 
  • Helps to navigate competing moral claims of both groups and vulnerable third-parties within an increasingly polarized political environment
  • Explores how the Church might positively influence moral discourse over corporate religious freedoms.
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This book addresses one of the most urgent issues in contemporary American law—namely, the logic and limits of extending free exercise rights to corporate entities. Pointing to the polarization that surrounds disputes like Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, David argues that such cases need not involve pitting flesh-and-blood individuals against the rights of so-called “corporate moral persons.” Instead, David proposes that such disputes should be resolved by attending to the moral quality of group actions. This approach shifts attention away from polarizing rights-talk and towards the virtues required for thriving civic communities. More radically, however, this approach suggests that groups themselves should not be viewed as things or “persons” in the first instance, but rather as occasions of coordinated activity. Discerned in the writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas, this reconceptualization helps illuminate the moral stakes of a novel—and controversial—form of religious freedom. 

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Edward A. David is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, UK. 


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Christian Approach to Corporate Religious Liberty
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-56211-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-56211-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-56210-6
Series ISSN
2634-6176
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 264
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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