Featured Scholar

Associate Director

Silas Allard

Silas Allard is Associate Director and Harold J. Berman Senior Fellow in Law and Religion.

"The Center responds to a vital reality of our national social life, true in the United States and internationally, about conversations that are very difficult to have in the halls of government, partly because of the way our Constitution is written (which is good), but partly because they are divisive"

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John Witte, Jr.

John Witte, Jr. is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Foundation Distinguished Professor, and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.

"We set a common table for people to share their expertise and to be edified by the expertise of others, we get everyone to be bold enough to try out their raw ideas and to refine those ideas through deep conversation, and we engage in earnest and daring conversation that cuts across different schools, different disciplines, different ideologies."

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Founding Director

Frank S. Alexander

Frank S. Alexander is Sam Nunn Professor of law at Emory University School of Law and founding director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Alexander founded Emory's Law and Religion Program in 1982.

"The work of law and religion allows me to understand my ministry and to interpret it; but my work as a practicing attorney — which I view as a ministry — also informs my understanding of law and faith. I can’t do one without the other."

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In Their Own Words

"Happiness is both a perennial topic and a currently fashionable one, and the relation between some of the current trends in positive psychology and the traditions in philosophy and theology are as yet unclear, so this is an opportune time to take stock and to focus on the topic. What most intrigues me about the "Pursuit of Happiness" project is the way it brings scientists, humanities scholars, and theologians around the same table. The "dialects" that we use in our respective professional worlds are so diverse that our meetings sometimes feel like Babel, or chaos; and some members are a little troubled by that; but its an adventure. Moreover, the usual turf battles that go on within academic fields are completely irrelevant here, which is quite refreshing."

–Philip L. Reynolds