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Christianity and Law

Our Christianity and Law research program explores the historical and contemporaryi nfluence of Christian ideas, institutions, and individuals on Western law, politics, and society.

Current Projects

Christian Jurisprudence II

This project is a comprehensive analysis of the contributions of modern Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox figures to fundamental questions of law, politics, and society.

Past projects

  • Pursuit of Happiness
  • Sex, Marriage, and Family & the Religions of the Book
  • Religious Dimensions of American Constitutionalism
  • Cultural Transformation in Africa: Legal, Theological, and Human Rights Perspectives
  • Religious Liberty in Russia
  • Religious Human Rights in Global Perspective
  • Christianity and Democracy in Global Context
  • Christian Foundations of Religious Liberty and Rule of Law
  • The Integrative Jurisprudence of Harold J. Berman
  • Law, Religion, and the Protestant Tradition
  • Christian Jurisprudence I
  • The Western Legal Tradition




Related Books

Christianity and Human Rights
Christianity and Law: An Introduction
Law and Religion in Western Tradition

Sampling of publications

  • The Mighty and the Almighty, Cambridge University Press, 2012, Nicholas P. Wolterstorff
  • Christianity and Human Rights: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2011, Frank S. Alexander and John Witte, Jr.
  • Christianity and Law: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2008, Frank Alexander and John Witte Jr.
  • Thinking Through Faith: New Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars, St.Vladmir’s Seminary Press, 2008, Aristotle Papanikolaou
  • Toward a Theory of Human Rights: Religion, Law, Courts Cambridge University Press, 2007, Michael J. Perry
  • God’s Joust, God’s Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition, William B.
  • Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006, John Witte, Jr.


The McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures

The McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures on Christian Scholarship was founded in 2005 with a generous grant from the McDonald Agape Foundation. The lectures explore the fundamental issues at the intersection of law, religion and society from various Christian perspectives.