Journals Higher Education

$29.95

Hardcover

14 November 2007

272 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195306354


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When Prayer Fails

Faith Healing, Children, and the Law

Shawn Francis Peters

When Prayer Fails: Faith Healing, Children, and the Law is the first book to fully examine the complex web of legal and ethical questions that arise when criminal prosecutions are mounted against parents whose children die as a result of what experts call religion-based medical neglect. The tragic deaths of these youngsters have received intense scrutiny from both the news media and public authorities seeking to protect the health and welfare of children. Based on a wide array of primary and secondary source materials, the book explores efforts by the legal system to balance judicial protections for the religious liberty of faith-healers against the state's obligation to safeguard the rights of children.

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