Faith or Fraud?: Fortune-Telling, Spirituality, and the Law

Patrick, Jeremy (2020) Faith or Fraud?: Fortune-Telling, Spirituality, and the Law. Law and Society. University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, Canada. ISBN 9780774863322


The growing presence in Western society of non-mainstream faiths and spiritual practices poses a dilemma for the law. Building on a thorough history of the legal regulation of fortune-telling laws in four countries, Faith or Fraud examines the impact of people who identify as 'spiritual but not religious' (SBNR) on the future legal understanding of religious freedom. Unlike SBNR belief systems that can encompass multiple religions, philosophies, and folklore, traditional legal interpretations of 'freedom of religion' assume membership in organized religion and have, so far, failed to evolve along with ideas about religion itself.

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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2020 00:13
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 06:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: Freedom of Religion, Religious Freedom, Spirituality, Fortune-telling, Spiritual Counselling
Fields of Research (2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180108 Constitutional Law
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180106 Comparative Law

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