The Resource Defining religion in American law : Psychic Sophie and the rise of the Nones, Mark L. Movsesian

Defining religion in American law : Psychic Sophie and the rise of the Nones, Mark L. Movsesian

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Defining religion in American law : Psychic Sophie and the rise of the Nones
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Defining religion in American law
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Psychic Sophie and the rise of the Nones
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Mark L. Movsesian
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eng
Summary
The most important recent development in American religion is the dramatic increase in the number of people who claim no religious affiliation <U+0127> � the rise of the Nones. In this Working Paper, I discuss the social factors that explain the rise of the Nones--demography, politics, family, technology, a distrust of institutions generally--and explain what this development might mean for the definition of religion in American law. I focus on a recent federal appeals court case involving a self-styled spiritual adviser, "Psychic Sophie, " who claimed that following her "inner flow" constituted a religion meriting constitutional and statutory protection. I argue that the case is a close one. Protecting Nones as a religion would promote the important goals of state religious neutrality and personal autonomy. On the other hand, religion has always been understood in terms of community. Indeed, as Tocqueville saw, it is precisely religion's communal aspect that makes it so important to liberal democracy. Granting Nones the status of a religion would fail to capture this important social benefit
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Movsesian, Mark L
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non fiction
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Robert Schuman Centre
Series statement
  • EUI working papers. RSC
  • EUI papers
  • RELIGIOWEST
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2014/19
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  • Religion and law
  • Freedom of religion
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Defining religion in American law : Psychic Sophie and the rise of the Nones, Mark L. Movsesian
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http://hdl.handle.net/1814/30018
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Subject: Law and religion; Sociology of religion; Religious liberty; Nones
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
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FIEb17544749
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30 cm.
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16 pages
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)993070688
Label
Defining religion in American law : Psychic Sophie and the rise of the Nones, Mark L. Movsesian
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/30018
Publication
Note
Subject: Law and religion; Sociology of religion; Religious liberty; Nones
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17544749
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
16 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)993070688

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