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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

"The emergence of the Law and Religion Program has coincided with a resurgence in this country of the debates about the role of religion and the debate in the public square. The program has not taken a single ideological stance, but it has made possible the debate of faith in the public square, the relationship of moral concepts to legal obligations, the role of the church and the state and the state in the church. The program has made possible those debates with incredible historical accuracy and with an understanding of the nuances of the differences among the faith traditions."

–Frank S. Alexander