Professor S.I. Strong’s most recent book, “Transforming Religious Liberties: A New Theory of Religious Rights for National and International Legal Systems,” was recently published by Cambridge University Press.
The book considers the interaction between law and religion from a broad international, comparative and jurisprudential perspective and proposes a new theoretical approach to religious liberty. Not only does the text draw on the work of a range of legal and political philosophers including John Rawls, Ronald Dworkin and John Finnis, it also tests the validity of the various proposals against actual “hard cases” derived from multiple jurisdictions. In so doing, the analysis overcomes longstanding challenges to existing religious rights regimes and identifies a new theoretical paradigm that specifically addresses the challenges associated with religiously pluralist societies, thereby identifying a religio-legal system that both religious and non-religious people can support.