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Religion Matters

The Contemporary Relevance of Religion

  • Paul Babie
  • Rick Sarre

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Rick Sarre, Paul Babie
    Pages 1-7
  3. Sciences

  4. Health Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
  5. Social Sciences

  6. Humanities

About this book


This book draws together leaders in science, the health sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences to investigate the role of religion, its meaning and relevance, for their area of specialization. It provides a much-needed fresh perspective on the way in which religion operates within the modern, neo-liberal world. 

The book approaches the topic by way of a critical engagement between religion, broadly defined, and the individual disciplines in which each of the contributors is expert. Rather than simply taking the dogmatic position that religion offers something to every possible discipline, each of the chapters in this collection addresses the question: is there something that religion can offer to the discipline in question? That is the value of the book – it takes a truly critical stance on the place of religion in contemporary society.


religion and science religion and society religion and education neo-liberalism secularism religion and law religion and health sciences religion and the humanities religion and social sciences Christianity Judaism Hinduism Buddhism Islam Sikhism

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Babie
    • 1
  • Rick Sarre
    • 2
  1. 1.Adelaide Law SchoolThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.School of LawUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

About the editors

Paul Babie is Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Religion Research Project of the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics, and Law (RUSSEL) (which he founded in 2007) at The University of Adelaide (Australia). He is a barrister and solicitor (inactive) of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Canada), and an associate member of the Law Society of South Australia. His primary research interests include critical theory, private law theory, property theory, and liberation theology and religious legal systems. He has published and spoken extensively in these fields and he teaches property law, property theory, law and religion, water law, and Roman law.

Rick Sarre is Dean and Professor of Law at the University of South Australia (UniSA). He is the immediate Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, and is a Fellow of the Society. Professor Sarre has taught in the Business Division at Graceland University (Iowa, USA), at the Department of Law at Umeå University (Sweden), and with UniSA business programs twinned with Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong). He was the Chair of Academic Board at the University of South Australia from 2011 to 2016.  

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