Law and Religion in the Liberal State

Keywords: Religious freedom, religious plurality, Rhode Island, liberalism, modernity, religious symbols, state and religion


This contribution reviews the book titled Law and Religion in the Liberal State, and edited by two scholars, namely Md Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan and Darryn Jensen. The book contains a collection of papers dealing with the relationship between law and religion in liberal jurisdictions such as Great Britain, Europe, Italy, the USA, Australia and India. It also contains a few contributions that explore the relationship between religious freedom and certain traditions, such as Roman Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity. It also has a contribution on the theological ideas of Roger Williams, who is regarded as the founder of the Rhode Island's colony.



Author Biography

Christa Rautenbach, Faculty of Law at the North-West University

B Iuris (cum laude), LLB (cum laude), LLM, LLD (PU). Professor Faculty of Law, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa. Email:



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Bhuiyan Md JH and Jensen D (eds) Law and Religion in the Liberal State (Hart Publishing Oxford 2020)

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How to Cite
RautenbachC. (2020). Law and Religion in the Liberal State . Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 23, 1-7.
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