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State and Religion

The Australian Story, 1st Edition

By Renae Barker

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342 pages

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With its increasingly secular and religiously diverse population Australia faces many challenges in determining how the state and religion should interact. Australia is not unique in facing these challenges. States worldwide, including common law countries with shared legal and religious heritages, have also been faced with the question of how the state and religion should relate to one another. Countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and the United States have all had to grapple with how to manage the state-religion relationship in the present day.

This book provides a comprehensive historical review of the interaction of the state and religion in Australia. It brings together multiple examples of areas in which the state and religion interact, and reviews these examples across Australia’s history from settlement through to present day. The book sets this story within a wider theoretical context via an examination of theories of state-religion relationships as well as a comparison with other similar common law jurisdictions.

The book demonstrates how the solutions arrived at in Australia is uniquely Australian owing to Australia’s unique legal system, religious demographics and history. However this is just one possible outcome among many that have been tried in common law liberal democracies.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction

Part I: Theory and Context

Chapter Two: Theories of State-Religion Relationships

Chapter Three: In the Beginning

Chapter Four: Religion in the Australian Constitution

Chapter Five: Comparison with other Jurisdictions

Part II: Australian Case Studies

Chapter Six: Contemporary Issues

Chapter Seven: Restricting Religion

Chapter Eight: Religion and Education

Chapter Nine: Funding Religion

Chapter Ten: Conclusion

About the Author

Renae Barker is a lecturer in the Law School and Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Muslim States and Societies at the University of Western Australia. She is a member of Bishop in Council and Trustee in the Anglican Diocese of Bunbury and a member of the legislation drafting committee for the Anglican Diocese of Perth. Renae has an LLB and Bachelor of Economics from Murdoch University and PhD from the University of Western Australia.

About the Series

Law and Religion

The practice of religion by individuals and groups, the rise of religious diversity, and the fear of religious extremism, raise profound questions for the interaction between law and religion in society. The regulatory systems involved, the religion laws of secular government (national and international) and the religious laws of faith communities, are valuable tools for our understanding of the dynamics of mutual accommodation and the analysis and resolution of issues in such areas as: religious freedom; discrimination; the autonomy of religious organisations; doctrine, worship and religious symbols; the property and finances of religion; religion, education and public institutions; and religion, marriage and children. In this series, scholars at the forefront of law and religion contribute to the debates in this area. The books in the series are analytical with a key target audience of scholars and practitioners, including lawyers, religious leaders, and others with an interest in this rapidly developing discipline.

Series Editor

Professor Norman Doe is Director of the Centre for Law and Religion, which he set up at Cardiff Law School in 1998.

Editorial Board

Carmen Asiaín is a Law Professor at University of Montevideo (Uruguay).

Paul Babie is Professor and Associate Dean (International), Adelaide Law School. 

Pieter Coertzen is the chairperson of the Unit for the Study of Law and Religion in the Beyers Naudé Center for Public Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch.  

Alison Mawhinney is a Reader in Law at Bangor University.

Michael John Perry is a Senior Fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion and has held a Robert W. Woodruff University Chair there since 2003.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL000000
RELIGION / General
REL084000
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State