Our Scholarship

What happens when law and religion collide? Answers can be found in the writings and lectures of CSLR scholars. The increasingly volatile relationship of religious and political communities around the globe, particularly within the past decade, has made it imperative for religion and state to learn to cooperate with each other -- lest they annihilate cherished traditions and cultures worldwide.

JLR Features Prominent Thought Leaders in the Field

The Center is pleased to share the inaugural issue of the Journal of Law and Religion which features articles on happiness by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr, among many others. Articles will highlight Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic perspectives on happiness.


Recent Publications

What Is an American Muslim? Embracing Faith and Citizenship

As the Muslim population of the United States grows, debates over how Muslims should engage the civil and political life of the U.S. are increasingly common.... more

Hopes for Better Spouses

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to release its decision on two monumental same-sex marriage cases in the next few weeks, the implications of the Court’s... more

Recent Lectures & Panels

What's Wrong with Rights? Christian Perspectives Pro and Con

Featured Scholar

Nigel Biggar, McDonald Distinguished Professor, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Christ Church, Oxford University and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, & Public Life, delivered the keynote address “Imprudent Jurisprudence? Human Rights and Moral Contingency” at the inaugural McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures on Christian Scholarship, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Emory University School of Law. For more information, click here.

Professor Biggar's work explores the formative bearing of religious concepts on moral life; the contribution of religion to the health of liberal societies; theories of natural law; the theology and ethics of national identity and loyalty, of forgiveness, of killing (especially in relation to suicide, euthanasia, and war), of military intervention, and of burying the past after civil conflict. His most recent book, In Defence of War (OUP, 2013), is anchored in the Christian tradition of reflection running from Augustine to Grotius, and affirms aggressive war in punishment of grave injustice.

Nigel Biggar holds a BA in Modern History from Oxford University and a PhD in Christian Theology from the University of Chicago, and before assuming his current post he occupied chairs in Theology at the University of Leeds and at Trinity College, Dublin.