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Copyright (c) 2008 Regent University
Regent University Law Review

RELIGIOUS JURISPRUDENCE ESSAY SERIES: TOWARD A MORMON JURISPRUDENCE

2008 - 2009

Regent University Law Review

21 Regent U.L. Rev. 79

Author

John W. Welch*

Excerpt



Many lawyers and law students are interested in the intersection of their religious faith and values with their responsibilities and duties in the legal profession. The mere fact that many people intuitively sense a connection between law and religion is prima facie evidence that these domains are at least relevant to each other, if not fundamentally linked.

In this Article, I hope to make a pioneering contribution to the intellectual progress of my own religious tradition, Mormonism. Recent political events have amplified the fact that to many Americans, Mormonism is still seen today as a bizarre religion, or worse, a "cult with a heretical understanding of Scripture and doctrine." 1 This Article does not seek to answer such criticisms 2 or to explain Mormon tenets, 3 as is readily available elsewhere. Instead, this Article explores a broad jurisprudential perspective of the relatively young religion that is very rich in potential and now emerging more often on national and international scenes. This Article raises the following questions: what would a Mormon jurisprudence look like? How would one recognize a Mormon jurisprudence? What would distinguish it from other jurisprudential approaches? My comments will necessarily be brief and introductory. I will strive to say something, without saying too little or too much. Much remains to be said and done along this line of inquiry, though a start has been made. 4

In outlining the basics of a Mormon jurisprudence, I am entering into a broader conversation that has been ongoing for ...
 
 
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