October 11, 2019 Book Review

Book Review: A Dialogue about Religious Beliefs and Third-Party Harms in Family Law

Review by Stephanie H. Barclay of The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law (Robin Fretwell Wilson, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2018)


The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law is not a conventional legal book about family law principles. This volume presents a provocative discussion about some of the most pressing social conflicts in American culture today that arise at the crossroads of religious belief and family life. The book tracks religious liberty clashes that arise along the life cycle of the family, from birth and family planning to marriage to parental rights and even to end-of-life decisions. The Contested Place is the first book to address these issues in the wake of landmark Supreme Court cases such as Hobby Lobby and Obergefell v. Hodges, and it fills an important gap in the literature.

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