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Church State Corporation: Construing Religion in US Law

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan


Through readings of the opinions of the US Supreme Court and other legal texts, this book shows how “the church” as a religious collective is granted special privilege in US law. In-depth analyses of Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby reveal that the law tends to honor the religious rights of the group—whether in the form of a church, as in Hosanna-Tabor, or in corporate form, as in Hobby Lobby—over the rights of the individual, offering corporate religious entities an autonomy denied to their respective members. In discussing the various communities that construct the “church-sh ... More

Keywords: church and state, religion and law, collective, corporation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226454559
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226454726.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, author
Indiana University Bloomington