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McDonald Lecture Draws Renowned Theologians

The first of five annual McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures on Christian Scholarship brought six theological giants to Emory Law on March 26 to discuss Christianity and human rights. Hosted by the McDonald Agape Foundation and the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, the event provided a... Read More

Currie Lecture and RLT Conference: Religion and Law Frame Global Legal Systems

Religion and law on the table for discussion in legal systems around the world presented in RLT conference and Currie Lecture Read More

CSLR Publishes First Issue of the Journal of Law and Religion

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is excited to announce the publication of volume 29, issue 1, of the Journal of Law and Religion. This inaugural issue edited by the Center and published in concert with Cambridge University Press features valuable new scholarship from His Holiness the... Read More

Former U.S. Ambassador Cook Delivers Currie Lecture, February 24

Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook will deliver the 2014 Currie Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, February 24, at Emory University School of Law. Drawing on her experience as Ambassador-at-Large, Cook will discuss the role of the United States in... Read More

International Religious Legal Theory Conference at Emory Law, February 24-25

The Fifth Installment of the Religious Legal Theory conference is being hosted by the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University on Monday, February 24 through Tuesday, February 25. Titled “A Global Conversation: Exploring Interfaith and International Models for the Interaction of... Read More

McDonald Lectures Bring Renowned Christian Scholars to CSLR March 26, 2014

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) at Emory University joins the McDonald Agape Foundation in presenting a five-year spring lecture series featuring world-renowned Christian scholars on law and religion. Made possible by a generous grant from the Foundation, the inaugural McDonald... Read More

An-Na'Im's New Book Calls For Moving Beyond Minority Politics

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. Too often, however, this conversation focuses on a narrow concept of shari‘a that is perceived to be incompatible with, or a threat to, the... Read More

New Wisdom from The Father of Law and Religion

The father of the field of law and religion, Harold Berman wrote 25 books, hundreds of articles, and one forgotten unpublished manuscript. Upon his death in 2007 at the age of 88, Berman’s literary executor, colleague and former student John Witte, Jr. CSLR Director, discovered a long-lost draft of... Read More

Two Sisters of Mercy Nuns Inspire CSLR Students to Work for Structural Change

“We do things peacefully and respectfully but we never take no for an answer,” said Sister Pat Murphy during a conversation with a group of law and theology students hosted by Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion on September 9 (link to video here). With over four decades of advocacy... Read More

Michael Welker on the Power of Law and Religion in Pluralistic Societies

Michael Welker, Senior Professor for Systematic Theology at the University of Heidelberg, and the Spring 2013 Alonzo L. McDonald Senior Fellow in Law and Religion, recently shared his thinking on the powers of law and religion as “justice- and truth-seeking communities” shaping moral education in... Read More

M. Christian Green Remembers Her Mentor Jean Bethke Elshtain

The first adjective that I ever heard to describe Jean Bethke Elshtain was “robust.” When I finally met her at an academic conference, before becoming her student, I encountered a scholar whose keen intellect and crisp analysis were set off by brilliant copper-gold hair and a shiny peacock-teal... Read More

CSLR’s Next Generation of Academic Leadership Takes the Helm

New leadership is energizing the Center. Silas Allard (JD/MTS ‘11) joins CSLR as Harold J. Berman Senior Fellow in Law and Religion in addition to his role as associate director. Silas also serves as managing editor of the Journal of Law and Religion, working with five co-editors to build a... Read More

CSLR Looks to the Future With Allard as Associate Director

Silas W. Allard joins the Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) as Associate Director and Harold J. Berman Senior Fellow in Law and Religion as CSLR seeks to broaden its global reach by engaging religious traditions such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism, and Indigenous... Read More

Journal of Law and Religion Moves to CSLR

The Journal of Law and Religion, long the flagship publication in the field, will move to the Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) at Emory University School of Law in August 2013. “We are pleased to serve as the new editorial home for the Journal,” says Professor John Witte, Jr., CSLR... Read More

Perry's Book Connects International Human Rights with U.S. Constitutional Rights

In today’s highly divided political climate conversations concerning capital punishment, same-sex marriage, and abortion often result in heated debates. Does the U.S. Constitution guarantee gay and lesbian couples the right to marry?  Should a fetus be granted the same rights as an adult... Read More

Zwier's New Book Explores Benefits of Talking with Adversaries

In our post 9-11 culture the concept of negotiating with enemies poses a considerable challenge for politicians, policymakers, and citizens. Fearing that talking with terrorists will compromise security and weaken our image abroad, many opponents maintain that such a tactic runs counter to common... Read More

Roeber Finds “Hopes for Better Spouses” in Historical Religious Texts

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 decision for American Christianity is at the fore of many conversations. Diverging understandings of the purpose of marriage threaten to... Read More

CSLR Graduates Four Law and Religion Students

Congratulations to this year’s Law and Religion graduates. During May 13 commencement ceremonies, Jennifer Heald Kidwell received the Doctor of Law and Master of Divinity Degree, Mark Goldfeder received the Doctor of Juridical Science Degree, and Shlomo Pill received the Master of Laws in Law and... Read More

Luke Timothy Johnson Wins Emory Williams Teaching Award

Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, CSLR Senior Fellow and Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, was awarded the Emory Williams Teaching Award. One of highest honors given to faculty, the award recognizes professors for their exemplary teaching as well as remarkable service to... Read More

Welker Lecture Unleashes the Power of Mercy in Biblical Law

World renowned theologian Michael Welker deciphered the meaning of the “mercy code” in the Hebrew Bible and outlined how human beings, regardless of culture or religion, can appreciate its “enormous normative shaping power” in the quest for justice and human rights. Welker, chair for Systematic... Read More

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"We’re slowly overcoming our allergy to public expression of religion. We’re slowly coming to realize that every serious position on the fundamentals of public and private life – warfare, marriage reform, bioethics, environmental causes, and more -- rests on a set of founding metaphors and starting beliefs that have comparable faith-like qualities. Today, easy claims of neutrality and objectivity in public argument face very strong epistemological headwinds. "

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