From the March/April, 2016 issue of Touchstone
Going Public by Stephen J. Heaney

Going Public

The Reasonable Role of Religious Faith in Law & Society

by Stephen J. Heaney

The current state of the relationship between faith and reason in the law seems to be this: there are a lot of people who think there is absolutely no place in the law for faith. Three objections to giving faith a place are commonly given:

(1) For those with a positivist leaning, law cannot be based on anything outside of itself, like, say, a natural law or anything grounded in "nature and nature's God." Power is the only relevant factor.

(2) Even for those who are not explicitly positivist, faith is frequently seen as simp . . .


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