ⓘ Religion and law

Ancestral domain

Ancestral domain or ancestral lands refers to the lands, territories and resources of indigenous peoples, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. The term differs from indigenous land rights, Aboriginal title or Native Title by directly indicating relationship to land based on ancestry, while domain indicates relationships beyond material lands and territories, including spiritual and cultural aspects that may not be acknowledged in land titles and legal doctrine about trading ownership.

Black Saturday (1621)

Black Saturday was a particularly dark, stormy Saturday in Scotland, on 4 August 1621. Many regarded the foul weather as a judgment of Heaven against Acts then passed in the Scots Parliament tending to establish Episcopacy. Many suicides were recorded on this day, as some saw the foul weather as a preparatory for Armageddon.

Blue law

Blue laws, also known as Sunday laws, are laws designed to restrict or ban some or all Sunday activities for religious or secular reasons, particularly to promote the observance of a day of worship or rest. Blue laws may also restrict shopping or ban sale of certain items on specific days, most often on Sundays in the western world. Blue laws are enforced in parts of the United States and Canada as well as some European countries, particularly in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Norway, keeping most stores closed on Sundays. In the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court has held blue laws ...

Sarah Coakley

Sarah Anne Coakley is an English Anglican systematic theologian and philosopher of religion with interdisciplinary interests. She is an honorary professor at the Logos Institute, the University of St Andrews, after she stepped down as Norris–Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. She is also Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University, both in Melbourne and in Rome.

Edict of toleration

An edict of toleration is a declaration, made by a government or ruler, and states that members of a given religion will not be persecuted for engaging in their religious practices and traditions. The edict implies tacit acceptance of the religion rather than its endorsement by the ruling power.

Legal status of Jainism as a distinct religion in India

Jainism is considered to be a legally distinct religion in India. A section of scholars earlier considered it as a Hindu sect or a Buddhist heresy, but it is one of the three ancient Indian religions. On 30 January 2014, the Government of India explicitly awarded the status of a "minority religion" to the Jain community in India, as per Section 2 of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.

Legal status of the Universal Life Church

The legal status of the Universal Life Church encompasses a collection of court decisions and state executive branch pronouncements determining what rights the Universal Life Church and comparable organizations have as religious organizations. With respect to the validity of ordinations for the purposes of those ordained performing ceremonies with civic consequences such as marriages, individual U.S. states and other countries have made varying determinations, occasionally hinging their decisions on whether ordination was obtained in person or by some remote means, such as by mail, by phon ...

Ordination mill

An ordination mill is a religious organization or denomination in which membership is obtainable by trivial means and all members are qualified for self-ordination as a minister of religion, bishop, priest or deacon without any prerequisite training, work, experience, seminary study or other qualification. In some cases, ordination may be obtained online or by mail merely by submitting an application and a nominal fee. In recent times, online ordination has become increasingly popular as a fast way for a person to become registered to perform a wedding for their friends or co-workers.

Red Mass

A Red Mass is a Mass celebrated annually in the Catholic Church for all members of the legal profession, regardless of religious affiliation: judges, lawyers, law school professors, law students, and government officials, marking the opening of the judicial year. Through prayerful petition and thanksgiving the Red Mass requests guidance from the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice, and offers the legal community an opportunity to reflect on what Catholics believe is the God-given power and responsibility of all in the legal profession. Originating in Europe during the High Middle Ages, th ...

Religious fraud

Religious fraud is a term used for civil or criminal fraud carried out in the name of a religion or within a religion, e.g. false claims to being kosher or tax fraud. A specific form of religious fraud is pious fraud Latin: pia fraus, whereby one employs lies and/or deception in order to convince others of the truth of ones own religion or specific religious claims. Sometimes these involve white lies: the perpetrator may think it more important to make others accept a certain belief than that the method is truthful; this end justifies the means of a lie. A well-known example is the Shroud ...


ⓘ Religion and law

  • Law and religion is the interdisciplinary study of relationships between law especially public law and religion Vogue Magazine reports that during
  • Law and Religion is a triannual peer - reviewed academic journal published by Cambridge University Press and edited by the Center for the Study of Law and
  • Religion is a social - cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations
  • Religion and business have throughout history interacted in ways that relate to and affected one another, as well as influenced sociocultural evolution
  • A state religion also called an established religion or official religion is a religious body or creed officially endorsed by the state. A state with
  • United States are now protected areas under law The Earth Lodge Religion was founded in northern California and southern Oregon tribes such as the Wintun
  • freedom of religion applications of religious law and the right to religious education. States have adopted various attitudes towards religions ranging
  • Philosophy of religion is the philosophical examination of the central themes and concepts involved in religious traditions Philosophical discussions
  • Religion in Japan is dominated by Shinto the ethnic religion of the Japanese people and by Buddhism. According to surveys carried out in 2006 and 2008