Frank S. Ravitch and I have been finishing up the 4th Edition to our casebook, Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (West Academic, 2021; ISBN 978-1-64708-764-7). The Preface nicely describes our aims for the book:
Each topic in this book begins with a brief narrative discussion of the topic, followed by relevant cases and articles, and finally notes and questions. The goal of the narrative is to provide students with context (the forest) so that they can grapple with the many complex issues that are raised in the cases and articles (the trees). The sections on religious law and comparative law will follow a similar format.
We have tried to add a comparative law element to the study of the jurisprudence of religious liberties in the United States by tying that study to the broader global conversations and currents in the development of legal frameworks for the protection of religious liberty. We hope all of this can be accomplished in ways that are useful for law students not just in the US (though US students are our principal audience) but elsewhere as well.
To enrich the casebook materials Frank and I have started producing a series of video discussions of key cases from the jurisprudence. These may be used by faculty and students to enrich their consideration of the casebook materials or as a springboard to deeper discussion of themes and complications raised in the cases.In this video Frank S. Ravitch and I introduce the 4th Edition to our casebook, Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (West Academic, 2021; ISBN 978-1-64708-764-7) which is being published August 2021. The Preface nicely describes our aims for the book. Here we discuss the organization of the book and its pedagogical approach. We offer suggestions to students and faculty considering adopting the book for they class based on our (sometimes different) approaches to teaching the cases, our focus (for example Frank focuses on context and I focus on themes and intersections), and the value of the materials on religious and foreign systems to enrich the analysis of US religion clause jurisprudence.
We are also producing conversations about some of the germinal cases in the US Law and Religion jurisprudence. To date we have videos discussing the following cases:
1. Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, 593 U.S. -- (2021)
2. Everson v. Board of Education of Ewing Tp., 330 U.S. 1 (1947)
The Video recording of this conversation may be accessed HERE.It is also available on the Coalition for Peace & Ethics YouTube Channel HERE.