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A culture of engagement : law, religion, and morality / Cathleen Kaveny.

By: Kaveny, Cathleen [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Moral traditions series: Publisher: Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, [2016]Copyright date: ©2016Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781626163041; 1626163049.Subject(s): Christian ethics -- United States | Law -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States | Freedom of religion -- United States | Culture conflict -- United StatesDDC classification: 261/.1 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Law as a teacher -- Rules are not enough : why judges need empathy -- Teacher or remedy : what is the law for? -- Letter versus spirit : why the constitution needs interpreting -- Remember the Mormons : thinking about the nature of marriage -- Regulating abortion : what did the Roberts court do? -- Caught in the gap : what hostility to health-care reform has wrought -- Peaceful and private : Montana's Supreme Court on assisted suicide -- More than a refuge : why immigration officials should steer clear of churches -- Justice or vengeance : is the death penalty cruel and unusual? -- Undue process : the evisceration of habeas corpus -- Bad evidence : not only is torture immoral, it doesn't work -- Perverted logic : behind the Bush administration's "torture memo" -- Regret is not enough : why the president should read Paul Ramsey -- Religious liberty and its limits -- The right to refuse : how broad should conscience protections be? -- The bishops and religious liberty : are Catholics becoming a sect? -- Is the government "defining religion"? : the bishops' case against the mandate -- Defining exemptions does not equal defining religion : a category mistake -- An evolving accommodation : religious minorities and the common good -- Employment division v. Smith : the eye of the storm -- Smith, RFRA and the bishops' claims : neutral laws of general applicability? -- The key Supreme Court case for the mandate : U.S. v. Lee -- Reading the tea leaves : why the Supreme Court is unlikely to block the contraception mandate -- A minefield : the troubling implications of the Hobby Lobby decision -- Conversations about culture -- Watch your mouth : sage advice from St. James -- Model atheist : Jeffrey Stout and the culture wars -- Bishops and politics : lessons from Australia -- Moving beyond the culture wars : why a bioethics council needs diversity -- A flawed analogy : prochoice politicians and the third reich -- Sick minds : what can we do to prevent another Tucson? -- Crime or tragedy? : murder and suicide at Villanova -- Dignity and the end of life : how not to talk about assisted suicide -- The right questions : Catholic colleges and pop culture -- Either/or? : Catholicism is more complex -- Conversations about belief -- Family feuds : what's keeping Catholics apart -- The martyrdom of John Roberts : Catholic squabbling, then and now -- No academic question : should the CTSA seek "conservative" views? -- The "new" feminism : John Paul II and the 1912 Catholic encyclopedia -- Catholic kosher : is the ban on contraception just an identity marker? -- The big chill : humanae vitae dissenters need to find a voice -- How about not firing her? : moral norms and Catholic school teachers -- Truth or consequences : in Ireland, straying far from the mental reservation -- Unspeakable sins : why we need to talk about them -- A darkening : why a church scandal does more harm than the new atheism -- The long goodbye : why some devout Catholics are leaving the church -- A postcard from the lost generation -- Cases and controversies -- The consistent ethic : an ethic of "life," not "purity" -- Contraception, again : where can we find compromise? -- When does life begin? : two prolife philosophers disagree -- Why prolife? : it's about people, not abstractions -- The ACLU takes on the bishops : tragedy leads to a misguided lawsuit -- Coopted by evil? : abortion and amnesty international -- Boycotts in a pluralistic society : how and where do we draw moral lines? -- Forever young : the trouble with the "Ashley treatment" -- Risk and responsibility : why insurance is the wrong way to think about health -- Care -- A horrific crime : but is execution the answer? -- Could the church have gotten it wrong? : let's look at the facts.
Summary: Religious traditions in the United States have been characterized by an ongoing tension between assimilation to the broader culture, typically reflected by mainline Protestant churches, and defiant rejection of cultural incursions, as witnessed by more sectarian movements such as Mormonism and Hassidism. But legal theorist and theologian Cathleen Kaveny contends that religious traditions do not need to swim in either the Current of Openness or the Current of Identity. There is a third possibility, which she calls the Current of Engagement, which accommodates and respects tradition but which recognizes the need to interact with culture to remain relevant and to offer a prophetic critique of social and political and legal and economic practice. In fifty-six brief articles Kaveny illustrates the implications of the Current of Engagement in American public life. The articles are organized into five chapters or sections: Law as Teacher; Religious Liberty and its Limits; Conversations about Culture; Conversations about Belief; and Cases and Controversies. Kaveny provides astonishing insights into a range of hot-button issues: abortion, assisted suicide, government-sponsored torture, contraception, the Ashley Treatment, capital punishment, and the role of religious faith in a pluralistic society.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Law as a teacher -- Rules are not enough : why judges need empathy -- Teacher or remedy : what is the law for? -- Letter versus spirit : why the constitution needs interpreting -- Remember the Mormons : thinking about the nature of marriage -- Regulating abortion : what did the Roberts court do? -- Caught in the gap : what hostility to health-care reform has wrought -- Peaceful and private : Montana's Supreme Court on assisted suicide -- More than a refuge : why immigration officials should steer clear of churches -- Justice or vengeance : is the death penalty cruel and unusual? -- Undue process : the evisceration of habeas corpus -- Bad evidence : not only is torture immoral, it doesn't work -- Perverted logic : behind the Bush administration's "torture memo" -- Regret is not enough : why the president should read Paul Ramsey -- Religious liberty and its limits -- The right to refuse : how broad should conscience protections be? -- The bishops and religious liberty : are Catholics becoming a sect? -- Is the government "defining religion"? : the bishops' case against the mandate -- Defining exemptions does not equal defining religion : a category mistake -- An evolving accommodation : religious minorities and the common good -- Employment division v. Smith : the eye of the storm -- Smith, RFRA and the bishops' claims : neutral laws of general applicability? -- The key Supreme Court case for the mandate : U.S. v. Lee -- Reading the tea leaves : why the Supreme Court is unlikely to block the contraception mandate -- A minefield : the troubling implications of the Hobby Lobby decision -- Conversations about culture -- Watch your mouth : sage advice from St. James -- Model atheist : Jeffrey Stout and the culture wars -- Bishops and politics : lessons from Australia -- Moving beyond the culture wars : why a bioethics council needs diversity -- A flawed analogy : prochoice politicians and the third reich -- Sick minds : what can we do to prevent another Tucson? -- Crime or tragedy? : murder and suicide at Villanova -- Dignity and the end of life : how not to talk about assisted suicide -- The right questions : Catholic colleges and pop culture -- Either/or? : Catholicism is more complex -- Conversations about belief -- Family feuds : what's keeping Catholics apart -- The martyrdom of John Roberts : Catholic squabbling, then and now -- No academic question : should the CTSA seek "conservative" views? -- The "new" feminism : John Paul II and the 1912 Catholic encyclopedia -- Catholic kosher : is the ban on contraception just an identity marker? -- The big chill : humanae vitae dissenters need to find a voice -- How about not firing her? : moral norms and Catholic school teachers -- Truth or consequences : in Ireland, straying far from the mental reservation -- Unspeakable sins : why we need to talk about them -- A darkening : why a church scandal does more harm than the new atheism -- The long goodbye : why some devout Catholics are leaving the church -- A postcard from the lost generation -- Cases and controversies -- The consistent ethic : an ethic of "life," not "purity" -- Contraception, again : where can we find compromise? -- When does life begin? : two prolife philosophers disagree -- Why prolife? : it's about people, not abstractions -- The ACLU takes on the bishops : tragedy leads to a misguided lawsuit -- Coopted by evil? : abortion and amnesty international -- Boycotts in a pluralistic society : how and where do we draw moral lines? -- Forever young : the trouble with the "Ashley treatment" -- Risk and responsibility : why insurance is the wrong way to think about health -- Care -- A horrific crime : but is execution the answer? -- Could the church have gotten it wrong? : let's look at the facts.

Religious traditions in the United States have been characterized by an ongoing tension between assimilation to the broader culture, typically reflected by mainline Protestant churches, and defiant rejection of cultural incursions, as witnessed by more sectarian movements such as Mormonism and Hassidism. But legal theorist and theologian Cathleen Kaveny contends that religious traditions do not need to swim in either the Current of Openness or the Current of Identity. There is a third possibility, which she calls the Current of Engagement, which accommodates and respects tradition but which recognizes the need to interact with culture to remain relevant and to offer a prophetic critique of social and political and legal and economic practice. In fifty-six brief articles Kaveny illustrates the implications of the Current of Engagement in American public life. The articles are organized into five chapters or sections: Law as Teacher; Religious Liberty and its Limits; Conversations about Culture; Conversations about Belief; and Cases and Controversies. Kaveny provides astonishing insights into a range of hot-button issues: abortion, assisted suicide, government-sponsored torture, contraception, the Ashley Treatment, capital punishment, and the role of religious faith in a pluralistic society.

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CHOICE Review

In this lively, engaging book, Kaveny (theology, ethics, and law, Boston College) assembles some 50 brief pieces she wrote for Commonweal over the past decade or so (the original publication dates are difficult to discern). Writing as a committed Roman Catholic, Kaveny seeks to bring together legal, moral, and religious insights as they bear on some of the most contentious issues in the public square today. Led by her belief that the most productive way of dealing with those issues is through engagement (not repudiation or capitulation) with ways of thinking other than one's own, the author embodies the "culture of engagement" powerfully and convincingly, but she always invites readers to think through issues for themselves. Kaveny is particularly helpful in sorting out the legal and moral aspects of contraception, abortion, and physician-assisted suicide, honoring both Catholic teaching and nuances of the law. In formatting the book as brief essays, Kaveny has produced a volume that welcomes those readers often pressed for time to engage with the issues. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. --Frank G. Kirkpatrick, Trinity College (CT)

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<p> Cathleen Kaveny is Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College, a position that includes appointments in both the department of theology and the law school. She holds a joint PhD/JD from Yale University and is the author of Law's Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Society (GUP, 2012). The author of many columns and articles for Newsweek , the Washington Post , Commonweal , and other publications, she appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2012.</p>

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