Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Perspective Electives

256: Comparative Issues in Law and Religion

Credit Hours



This course will examine the way the three Abrahamic Faiths (Islam, Judaism and Christianity) consider legal and policy issues. For instance we will look at the three faiths regarding various issues surrounding human rights and life and death issues such as: justified uses of war and violence; conscientious objection; end of life issues; capital punishment; criminal responsibility for causing death; positive duties to the poor and needy; and how the common good is described by the three religions. How do the three faiths envision translating their perspectives on the issues into civil law, and what are the proper limits on enacting religious perspectives into positive law?