When Law and Religion Meet 2011-2012

September 13, 2011 to March 21, 2012

Luke Timothy Johnson, Emory University


When Law and Religion Meet 2011-2012

What happens when law and religion collide? 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 other -- lest they annihilate cherished traditions and cultures worldwide. During 2011-2011, CSLR will present five lectures on critical questions creating battles in courtrooms, legislatures, and places of worship: genetic cloning and other bio-medical advances, religious freedom in a diverse world, Islamic family law in the West, Jesus and the law of marriage and divorce, and same-sex marriage.

All events take place at Emory University School of Law, Tull Auditorium. They are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Past Events in this Series:

September 13, 2011, 7:30 P.m.
Decalogue Lecture: Michael J. Broyde

"The Bioethical Future: Some Jewish Thoughts on Reproductive Ethics"

Michael J. Broyde, professor of law and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion,  was ordained as a rabbi by Yeshiva University and is a member (dayan) of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America. He will highlight several morally difficult questions created by advances in modern science, including genetic cloning in humans and plants, and offer a Jewish law response as well as religiously informed public policy recommendations.

September 20, 2011, 7:30 P.m.
Harold J. Berman Lecture: Mary Ann Glendon

"Religious Freedom-- a Second Class Right?"

Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, was the first woman to be named president of one of the major pontifical academies.  She is currently President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and served as head of the Vatican delegation to the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and as a member of the President's Council on Bioethics during the Bush Administration. She will tackle bringing to life the universal right to religious freedom in a world of diversity.

January 25, 2012, 12:30 p.m.
Don S. Browning Lecture: John Witte, Jr.

"Shari'a in the West? What Place for Religious Family Law in America and Other Western Democracies"

John Witte, Jr., Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion Center, is a world-renowned scholar of legal history, marriage law, and religious liberty. He will outline a hard new issue of religious freedom and family law that is now confronting many Western democracies: to what extent may Islamic and other religious communities have the freedom to develop their own internal religious laws to govern the sex, marriage, and family lives of their voluntary faithful.

February 8, 2012, 12:30 p.m.
The Alonzo L. McDonald Lecture in Christianity and Law: Luke Timothy Johnson

"Jesus and the Law of Marriage and Divorce"

Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins in the Candler School of Theology and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, is a world-renowned scholar on the literary, moral, and religious dimensions of the New Testament. Rather than examine the topic of law in the Gospel of Matthew in order to locate the legal perspectives of the historical Jesus, or to put Matthew in contention with a supposedly "lawless" Paul, Johnson will show how a patient examination of Matthew on its own terms reveals a rich and complex understanding of the ways Torah and the figure of Jesus intersect. This includes discussion of the passages on marriage and divorce.

March 21, 2012, 12:30 p.m.
Overton and Lavona Currie Lecture in Law and Religion: Michael J. Perry

"Freedom of Religion, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Catholic Church"

Michael J. Perry, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, is a world-renowned scholar in the areas of American constitutional law; law, morality, and religion; and human rights theory. He will analyze the modern controversies surrounding same-sex marriage and the Catholic Church’s stance from the perspective of the constitutional right to religious freedom.


Michael J. Broyde; Mary Ann Glendon; Luke Timothy Johnson; Michael J. Perry; John Witte, Jr.

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Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard University
Michael Perry, Emory University
Michael Broyde, Emory University
John Witte Jr., Emory University
Luke Timothy Johnson, Emory University

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