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Freedom of Religion and Religious Pluralism

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This book chapter examines the issue of corporate religious liberty in four parts. Part 1 provides a brief overview of the history of the business corporation in the United States, with a focus on conceptualisations of its nature. Part 2 discusses religious liberty jurisprudence in the United States in general, and Part 3 discusses corporate assertions of religious liberty in particular. Part 4 points out the cognitive dissonance of a society that simultaneously embraces a robust understanding of corporate social responsibility yet an enervated appreciation of corporate religious liberty rights.


Colombo, Ronald J. "Chapter 11 Religious Freedom and the Business Corporation". In Freedom of Religion and Religious Pluralism, (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill | Nijhoff, 2023) doi:

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