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Law and Christianity

This program explores the historical and contemporary influence of Christian ideas, institutions, and individuals on Western law, politics, and society. The Law and Christianity program has thrived under the direction of Frank Alexander and John Witte, Jr. since the Center opened its doors, producing hundreds of books and articles. Our current multivolume project is the Law and Christianity Series, edited by Witte and published by Cambridge University Press. As part of this program, the Center has hosted seven major conferences, including the annual McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures on Christian Scholarship. Projects under this program have received funding from the McDonald Agape Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, and others.
Law and Christianity Book Series

Law and Christianity Book Series

Edited by John Witte, Jr., the Cambridge Studies in Law and Christianity series publishes cutting-edge work on Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian contributions to public, private, penal, and procedural law and legal theory. The series has more than 15 titles in print or under contract as well as two anthologies in the works: Introductions to Law and Christianity and Great Jurists in World History.

Christian Legal Studies Project

Christian Legal Studies Project

This project has produced more than 40 publications and two major international conferences. Projects completed as part of Christian Legal Studies include Christianity and Democracy in Global Context; Christian Foundations of Religious Liberties and Rule of Law; the Integrative Jurisprudence of Harold J. Berman; Law, Religion and the Protestant Tradition; Christian Jurisprudence I; and the Western Legal Tradition.

Christian Jurisprudence II Project

Christian Jurisprudence II Project

The Christian Jurisprudence II Project represents a comprehensive analysis of the contributions of modern Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox figures to fundamental questions of law, politics, and society. This project was funded by the McDonald Agape Foundation and was directed by John Witte, Jr. It produced more than 35 books by leading scholars including Robert M. Franklin, Richard W. Garnett, and Timothy P. Jackson.

Law and Christianity news

Witte issues report on Law and Christianity Series

Witte issues report on Law and Christianity Series

John Witte, Jr. has released a publishing report on his Cambridge Studies in Law and Christianity Series, which aims to promote deep Christian reflection by leading scholars on the fundamentals of law and politics; to build further ecumenical legal understanding across Christian denominations; and to link and amplify the diverse and sometimes isolated Christian legal voices and visions at work in the global academy.
McDonald Agape Foundation commits $1M to Witte's work

McDonald Agape Foundation commits $1M to Witte's work

The McDonald Agape Foundation has committed $1 million to extend CSLR Director John Witte, Jr.'s McDonald Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion through 2028.  The gift will ensure the continuation of Witte's internationally renowned scholarship in law and Christianity as well as the 12-year relationship between Witte and the Foundation.
McDonald Lecture celebrates Protestant Reformation

McDonald Lecture celebrates Protestant Reformation

The fourth in the McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures series celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a two-day international conference on April 3 and 4 at Cannon Chapel. The conference was convened by the Center for the Study of Law and Religion and Candler School of Theology and sponsored by the McDonald Agape Foundation.