Comparative Constitutional Law, Democracy, Law and Religion, Public Theology, Religion and Politics, Whither Europe?

Chair, Author Meets Critique panel, Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights

Next Thursday, I have the pleasure of moderating a book panel on Dr. Leonard Taylor’s book Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

The panel takes place during the hybrid annual conference of the European Academy of Religion.

On the back cover, I wrote the following recommendation at the time:

‘Catholic cosmopolitanism has made an essential contribution to the rise of human rights law in the twentieth century. This well-researched book convincingly demonstrates that such an approach to international law did not come out of the blue but instead built on a millennium of Catholic legal, political and theological thought from the medieval period to the modern. It also leaves the reader with a pressing question: will the fruitful alliance of cosmopolitan traditions stemming from the Enlightenment and Christianity hold? Swimming somewhat against the tide, the author makes a case for why this would be desirable while acknowledging that it appears increasingly unlikely.’

Also participating in the panel are Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, Bryan Froehle, Professor of Sociology & Religious Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and, of course, the author.

More information on Dr. Taylor’s book can be found here:


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