Law and Religion

Course number:  LAW 3980


This course approaches law and religion as two cultural and historic processes and critically considers their relationship in a secular, democratic, rights-based state comprised of non-believers and people of multiple faiths. The emphasis in the course will be on Christian-Judeo traditions and, therefore, we will begin by investigating the historic development of disparate Christian mythologies and theories in relation to the early Jesus movement. This will include a historic consideration of the Bible as a political text and the blending of Roman paganism and early Christian practices to solidify cultural hierarchies, dogmas and power structures, with the cultural purpose of employing the Bible as an instrument of Empire.


Positive Contribution to Class including attendance and participation (20%)

Seminar Leadership (20%) Students will work in groups of 2 or 3 and be responsible for presenting and leading discussion of that week’s material.

Research Paper (60%)

Instructor: Dr. Donn Short

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