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Winter 2014


Regulating Religion

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The third issue of our e-journal is finally out, and I am very happy that it includes our first contribution in French.

These two new contributions illustrate their problematic by looking at the cases of new religious movements. Donald McClellan in his piece looks at the complex question of how courts in the United States have been defining religion. The author, through an examination of several court cases, argues that their definition limits the right to religious freedom of minority religions, in particular new religious movements (the article looks specifically at the example of the Church of Scientology). Thus, McClellan posits that these movements have had to transform themselves as they seek religious freedom.

L’article de François Xavier Bauduin examine le rôle important joué par internet depuis plusieurs années dans le champ religieux. Il documente, pour se faire,  l’utilisation d’Internet par un nouveau mouvement religieux – le Mouvement Raélien. L’auteur explique que l’utilisation d’Internet a plusieurs objectifs. Il permet non seulement de recruter des nouveaux membres, et de faire connaître le mouvement au grand public, mais il est aussi utilisé comme un outil pour renforcer un esprit communautaire parmi les individus déjà membres du mouvement.

Ces deux contributions continuent, dans le même esprit que les contributions précédentes, à explorer des questions d’actualités autour de la régulation du religieux; des questions qui peuvent être abordées en analysant le rôle des acteurs exogènes à un mouvement religieux ou endogène à ce celui-ci.

We continue to invite graduate students from all disciplines to submit papers for review in French or English that explore different questions around the regulation of religion. In the meantime, we hope that you will enjoy reading these two new pieces. 


Amélie Barras
December 12, 2014



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