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Democracy, Religion, and Commerce
Private Markets and the Public Regulation of Religion

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ISBN 9781032313436
March 13, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection considers the relationship between religion, state, and market. In so doing, it also illustrates that the market is a powerful site for the cultural work of secularizing religious conflict. Though expressed as a simile, with religious freedom functioning like market freedom, `free market religion’ has achieved the status of general knowledge about the nature of religion as either good or bad. It legislates good religion as that which operates according to free market principles: it is private, with no formal relationship to government; and personal: a matter of belief and conscience. As naturalized elements of historically contingent and discursively maintained beliefs about religion, these criteria have ethical and regulatory force. Thus, in culture and law, the effect of the metaphor has become instrumental, not merely descriptive. This volume seeks to productively complicate and invite further analysis of this easy conflation of democracy, religion and the market. It invites scholars from a variety of disciplines to consider more intentionally the extent to which markets are implicated in and illuminate the place of religion in public life. The book will be a valuable resource for researchers and academics working in the areas of law and religion, ethics and economics.

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Introduction: Democracy and Religion in the Market

Chapter 1: Denominational Uncoupling in a Divestment Age: Religion in the History of the American University

Chapter 2: Markets, Religion, & Moral Deliberation: The Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Mandate

Chapter 3: Regulating Religion in the Public Arena: Lessons Learned from Global Data Collections

Chapter 4: Shots Not Fired in the Culture War: Commercial Litigation in Contemporary Rabbinical Courts

Chapter 5: Go Tell It [to the IRS]: American Suspicions Around Religious Profit-Making

Chapter 6: The Liberty of the Will in Theology Permits the Liberated Markets of Liberalism

Chapter 7: Neutral Principles and Legal Pluralism

Chapter 8: Markets as Moral Contexts: An Account Based in Catholic Theological Anthropology

Chapter 9: Regulating Religious Performance on the Commercial Stage

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Kathleen Flake is Richard Lyman Bushman Professor of Mormon Studies and Co-director, Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, University of Virginia, USA

Nathan B. Oman is Rollins Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for the Study of Law and Markets, William and Mary Law School, USA