Religion in Legal Thought and Practice, by Howard Lesnick

Religion in Legal Thought and PracticeReligion in Legal Thought and Practice, by Howard Lesnick. Cambridge University Press 2010. ISBN: 052113448X; 9780521134484.

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Product Description

This book examines moral issues in public and private life from a religious but not devotional perspective. Rather than seeking to prove that one belief system or moral stance is right, it undertakes to help readers more fully understand the effect of religious beliefs and practices on ways of conceiving and addressing moral questions, without having to accept or to reject any specific religious outlook. It shows how the similarities between religions and the differences within any one religion are more important than the reverse. The book asks
• Where do moral imperatives come from, and how do the answers found in religion and law interact?
• How does the fact that a moral norm is grounded in religion affect our thinking about it?
• What is the significance of the differences (and similarities) between religious and secular sources of moral norms?

Book Description

This book examines moral issues in public and private life from a religious but not devotional perspective. Rather than seeking to prove that one belief system or moral stance is right, it undertakes to help readers more fully understand the effect of religious beliefs and practices on ways of conceiving and addressing moral questions, without having to accept or to reject any specific religious outlook.

About the Author

Howard Lesnick, Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, has been a law teacher for fifty years. In addition to many articles on religion and morality, and on ethical responsibility in law and legal education, he has written Listening for God: Religion and Moral Discernment, Being a Lawyer: Individual Choice and Responsibility in the Practice of Law, and The Moral Stake in Education: Contested Premises and Practices (with Joan F. Goodman). In 2003, he received the Association of American Law Schools’ Deborah Rhode Award for outstanding contributions to public service. Lesnick is also the recipient of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia’s Equal Justice Award and the Society of American Law Teachers’ Distinguished Teaching and Service Award.