Categories that resonate more with most Protestant sects
Michael deHaven Newsom
mnewsom at LAW.HOWARD.EDU
Tue Jun 6 18:00:32 PDT 2000
For what it is worth, John Locke, clearly imbued with a radical form of
evangelical Protestantism, and John Williams, also from the same
tradition, insisted on a belief-action distinction.
I think that the more interesting question, one raised by a writer whom
I cannot now identify, is whether religiously-inspired actions are as
troublesome as Reynolds/Smith suggest.
I would ague that eucharistic theology could explain some of this, but
that will undoubtedly ignite a storm of protest from some on this
listserv. For those who want to pursue the question of belief-action
from the point of view of eucharistic theology and Real Presence, and
Transubstantiation are invited to do so off-list.
"Volokh, Eugene" wrote:
> An interesting hypothesis; I wonder how it would be tested.
> This is especially so given the confounding effects of a
> counter-hypothesis: In any liberal regime, there are powerful and
> sound reasons for courts to treat punishment of beliefs -- or, what is
> similar, punishment of acts because the actor has a religious
> motivation for the act, cf. Lukumi Babalu Aye -- as much more
> troubling than punishment of actions as such without regard to the
> religiosity of the actor.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Graber [SMTP:mgraber at GVPT.UMD.EDU]
> Sent: Friday, June 02, 2000 1:53 PM
> To: RELIGIONLAW at listserv.ucla.edu
> Subject: Re: Categories that resonate more with most
> Protestant sects
> I'm not an expert on comparative religion or comparative religion
> policies, but let me suggest something of the sort I have I
> mind. A Protestant, at elast in some sects, seems to be defined
> as a set of beliefs. Jews, by comparison, are persons who have
> Jewish mothers or who have converted by a specific (contested)
> practice. Hypothesis. The belief/act distinction seems more
> natural in a protestant legal tradition than in a jewish legal
> Mark A. Graber
> mgraber at gvpt.umd.edu
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