Research

Christian Legal Studies

Project Description

This project explores the historical and contemporary influence of Christian ideas, institutions, and individuals on Western law, politics, and society.

Sponsors

The Pew Charitable Trusts, Inc. , Lilly Endowment, Inc. , McDonald Agape Foundation

Directors
CSLR Participants

Project Publications

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Secular Government, Religious People New Robert W. Tuttle, Ira C. Lupu
Cambridge Companion to Martin Luther King, Jr., Cambridge University Press Forthcoming Robert M. Franklin
The Christian Foundations of the American Law of Marriage, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company New
Christian Marriage and Modern Marriage Law, Cambridge University Press Forthcoming Don S. Browning†, John Witte, Jr.
Christian Marriage at Bay: An Orthodox Assessment New Vigen Guroian
Christianity and Human Rights: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2011 John Witte, Jr., Frank S. Alexander
Christianity and Law: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2008 John Witte, Jr., Frank S. Alexander
Conciliarism: A History of Decision Making in the Church, Cambridge University Press, 2012 Paul R. Valliere
Constitutional Rights, Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court, Cambridge University Press, 2009 Michael J. Perry
The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy, University of Notre Dame Press, 2012 New Aristotle Papanikolaou
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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