Conference on “Civil Religion in the United States and Europe: Four Comparative Perspectives,” Provo, Utah, 12-14 March 2009

Bulletin April 2011:  The proceedings of this conference have been published in Volume 41, Number 4 of the George Washington International Law Review.

Frederick M. Gedicks, Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, organized a conference on the topic “Civil Religion in the United States and Europe: Four Comparative Perspectives.” sponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies and held at the Law School in Provo, Utah, on 12-14 March 2009. The term “civil religion” captures the idea of a set of religious or religion-like beliefs that sanctify a country’s origin, history, and purpose. The question of civil religion has been raised in recent years throughout the world, but particularly in the United States and Europe, and has renewed salience with the passage by the Supreme Court of the United States’ Pleasant Grove City v. Summum, in which the Court upheld the display of a Ten Commandments monument in a city park. 

Participants from France, Italy, Turkey, and the United met in this conference to consider answers to such questions as these: