Faith or Fraud

Faith or Fraud

Fortune-Telling, Spirituality, and the Law

Law and Society

by Jeremy Patrick

Published by: UBC Press

280 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 4 b&w photos

  • ISBN: 9780774863339
  • Published: September 2020


The growing presence in Western society of non-mainstream faiths and spiritual practices poses a dilemma for the law. Building on a thorough history of the legal regulation of fortune-telling laws in four countries, Faith or Fraud examines the impact of people who identify as “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR) on the future legal understanding of religious freedom. Unlike SBNR belief systems that can encompass multiple religions, philosophies, and folklore, traditional legal interpretations of “freedom of religion” are based on organized religion and are ultimately shown to have failed to evolve along with ideas about religion itself.