Public Tensions Discussed in Latest Journal of Church-State

Jan. 24, 1996

WACO, Texas - The autumn 1995 edition of the Journal of Church and State contains seven articles on church-state relations, 27 book reviews, three features and a calendar of events of church and state issues.

In one of the articles, Dr. Robert M. Baird, professor and chair of the philosophy department at Baylor University, provides an in-depth look at Ronald Dworkin's Life's Dominion: An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom.

According to Baird, Dworkin's work is a provocative effort to respond to the political tensions created by the current abortion controversy. Baird notes that Dworkin's basic premise is that the apparently intractable abortion debate is rooted in an intellectual confusion, and once that confusion is eliminated, a responsible legal settlement of the controversy is available.

In his article, Baird notes the strengths and weaknesses of Dworkin's position.

Other articles in this recent edition of the Journal of Church and State include "Constructing the Enemy in the Post-Cold War Era: The Flaws of the 'Islamic Conspiracy' Theory" by Mahmood Monshipouri and Gina Petonito; "Human Rights Organizations in Mexico: Growth in Turbulence" by Edward L. Cleary; "The Legal Pitfalls in Compensating Employees Based on Their Family Need" by Michael A. Zigarelli; "The Political Ideas of the New Age Movement" by Richard Kyle; "Between Moscow and Rome: Struggle for the Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Ukraine" by Serhii Plokhy; and "Norwegian Free Churches and Religious Liberty: A History" by Peder A. Eidberg.

The Journal of Church and State is published four times a year by the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State studies at Baylor.

For more information, contact Dr. Derek H. Davis, director of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, associate professor of political science and editor of the Journal of Church and State, at 755-1510.

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