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US Law and Religion Today

US Law and Religion Today

(p.1) Introduction US Law and Religion Today
A Ministry of Presence
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
University of Chicago Press

This chapter introduces the reader to the chaplain as exemplar of the contemporary US accommodation between law and religion, ministering to a citizen understood to be in need of spiritual care. The chaplain, a medieval office with a postmodern mission, is situated at the intersection between spirituality as a religious/cultural formation and a new legal anthropology of religion. On the one hand, spirituality is coming to denote a religious universalism that transcends religious diversity. On the other, spirituality as an abstraction of religion solves constitutional concerns with establishment and enables government promotion and support.

Keywords:   chaplain, legal anthropology, establishment, spirituality

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