INQUIRY ON LAW & RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
From the beginnings of human society, religion has shaped lives, formed identities, and held communities together. In the modern world, religious diversity has made religious freedom both a demand of individual conscience and a requirement of social peace. The question for law and society has been, “How much religious freedom can we allow?” New inquiries in history, anthropology, psychology, and sociology suggest that religion remains essential to human identity and social cohesion, even in a modern, pluralistic society. Perhaps, then, the question is, “How much religious freedom do we require?” Answering that question invites critical thinking about how a law that preserves religious freedom can be reconciled with the requirements of many different religions.