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Theolegal Marriage

Time: November 22, 2013 to November 26, 2013
Location: American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
Street: Baltimore Convention Center
City/Town: Baltimore, MD
Website or Map: http://www.aarweb.org
Event Type: presentation
Organized By: American Academy of Religion
Latest Activity: Jul 8, 2013

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At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion for the Religion & Politics section Rev. Nate will present a paper entitled "Theolegal Marriage." In the introduction of the book, Whose God Rules? he introduces the theory, "theolegal democracy" defined as a nation that simultaneously guarantees citizens the right to free expression of belief while preventing the establishment of a state religion. These guarantees allow officials to use theology as one of many resources in making, applying, or administering law because a theolegal democracy does not prevent citizens or officials from using their religious worldview in the public arena as seen in secular nations. Nor does a theolegal democracy permit officials to use their theology to deny civil rights to those who do not meet those creedal tests as seen in theocracies. This paper uses the "theolegal" theory to ask whether “theolegal marriage” systems unfairly marry theology and law, thereby using religious rites to determine civil rights.

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