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Recent Articles

Editors' Introduction

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan


Religious freedom is often framed triumphally in the United States, in both popular and academic venues, as a political condition that predominantly originated in, emanates from, and is guaranteed by, the United States. While gestures are made by various US spokespersons toward international instruments, religious freedom is still frequently spoken of as a singular American good that needs to be brought to others who have been identified as lacking it. 

Debating Conversion, Silencing Caste: The Limited Scope of Religious Freedom

C.S. Adcock


Critics argue that the politics of religious rights creates the problem of religious minorities instead of resolving it. The history of debate over conversion in India reveals that appeals to religious freedom can obscure and even suppress struggles against inequality and injustice.

The Virtues of Law in the Politics of Religious Freedom

Benjamin L. Berger


The moral force and capacity for inspiration of both religion and politics alike arise in part from the sense that they authentically map the world as we find it, yielding claims about how it should be. This paper asks what role we might imagine for law in this “hyper-real” world of religion and politics, arguing that law can display distinctive virtues linked to its capacity for strategic agnosticism about the real. Applying Sunstein's idea of “incompletely theorized agreements” to the politics of religious freedom, the paper examines the role of law as a tool of adhesion in two very different constitutional settings—Canada and Israel—and argues for modesty as a functional virtue in law and legal process. Viewed in this way, law draws its worth from its tolerance for ambiguity, its sub-theoretical nature, and its pragmatic proceduralism, seeking to sustain political community in the presence of normative diversity, rather than speaking truth to difference.