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"Shape and Quality of our Common Life" Topic of Upcoming Symposium

Emerging and distinguished scholars from around the globe will participate in the symposium, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Journal of Law and Religion, on Oct. 23-25 at Hamline University

As Americans grapple today with questions about how closely religious principles should be tied to society's secular institutions, the Journal of Law and Religion has been exploring these thorny issues for the past 25 years and is considered an international leader in this arena.  An upcoming symposium sponsored by the Journal, "Speaking of Law and Religion," will feature presentations from national and international scholars from many religious traditions.

The symposium will be held October 23-25 at Hamline University in St. Paul and is funded, in part, with the generous support of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory Law School. More information is available about the "Speaking of Law and Religion" symposium at or by contacting Linda Berglin at

"The conversation is no longer simply an American conversation," noted Journal Editor-in-Chief and Hamline University School of Law Associate Dean Marie Failinger. "Increasingly it is an international conversation that embraces many religious traditions. We're particularly excited about the upcoming symposium, which is bringing together both emerging and distinguished scholars who will discuss what the next generation of law and religion is going to look like."

Symposium speakers will include Hanina Ben-Menahem, Montesquieu Chair in Comparative Law and Legal History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Beto Juarez, Chair of the Journal editorial board and Dean, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Michael J. Perry, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law at Emory Law School; Douglas Sturm, Professor Emeritus at Bucknell University; Milner Ball, Professor Emeritus at University of Georgia Law School; Francis Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Institute for the Studies of Religion at Baylor University; and Robin Lovin, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Among the topics to be explored:

"Is Talmudic Law a Religious Legal System? A Provisional Analysis"

"Law, Religion and Human Dignity in the Muslim World Today: An Examination of OIC's Cairo Declaration of Human Rights"

"The Foundations of Muslims' Peaceful and Just Co-Existence"

"Autonomy in Jewish Life-In Theory and in Practice"

"Speaking of Law & Religion: Why Law, Why Religion? A Conversation between a Lawyer and a Theologian"

"Beyond Theocracy and Secularism (Part II): The New Religious Pluralism and a Post-Secular Paradigm for Law and Religion"

"Must Theology Always Sit in the Back of the Secular Bus? The Federal Courts' View of Relgion and its Status as Knowledge"

"Transcending Tradition: An Examination of the Manner in which the Law Induces Change in Institutions Defined by Religion"

"Religion, Democracy and the Public Schools"

"The Continuing Ambivalence of Evangelical Christians' Support for Human Rights"

"Congregations as Public Moral Companions in the 21st Century"

More information is available about the "Speaking of Law and Religion" symposium at or by contacting Linda Berglin at