Church & State in a Pluralist Society


Until the 20th Century the point of tension between Church and State was the distribution of power and jurisdiction but current points of tension concern the way in which the State exercises its power in such areas as medical research, gender issues and religious pluralism. Christian appeals to Scripture are inadequate because most principles advanced as Christian are derivative and mutable. By examining three issues - the use of reproductive tissue in research, homosexual adoption and the limited application of Shariah Law - the Paper urges a rational approach to legislators and outlines a series of principles for Christians seeking to secure their position in a pluralist society. 


Please select a section:

  1. Introduction
  2. Historical Perspectives
  3. The Transformational Agenda: Medicine, Plurality & Gender
  4. Some Fundamental Issues