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Custom as a Source of Law
Innovation and Jewish Law:
Custom as a Source of Law
David J. Bederman
(Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Innovation and Jewish Law:
A Cast Study of Chiddush Havineinu

Michael J. Broyde
(Urim Publications, 2010 )
A central puzzle in jurisprudence has been the role of custom in law. Custom is simply the practices and usages of distinctive communities.Though the shift in perspective has been gradual, the book argues that the resulting profound change in the interpretation of halachic texts has had a direct influence on the understanding and the practice of Jewish law.
God and the Art of Happiness
Building Cultures of Trust
God and the Art of Happiness
Ellen T. Charry
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010 )
Building Cultures of Trust
Martin E. Marty
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010 )
Ellen Charry here reveals how the Bible encourages the happiness and joy that accompany obedience to the Creator, enhancing both our own life and the lives of those around us. This advances the well-being of creation, which, in turn, causes God to delight with, in, and for us.In "Building Cultures of Trust," Martin Marty proposes ways of improving the conditions for trust at what might be called the ¿grass roots¿ level. He suggests that it makes a difference if citizens put energy into inventing, developing, and encouraging "cultures of trust" in all areas of life - families, schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, churches, and more.
The Political Morality
Ministers of the Law:
The Political Morality
of Liberal Democracy

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2010 )
Ministers of the Law:
A Natural Theory
of Legal Authority

Jean Porter
(Wm. B Eerdmans, 2010 )
In this important new work in political and constitutional theory, Michael Perry elaborates and defends an account of the political morality of liberal democracy: the moral convictions and commitments that in a liberal democracy should govern decisions about what laws to enact and what policies to pursue. Jean Porter is John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.
Implementations of International Law
Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms:
Implementations of International Law
in the United States

Johan D. Van der Vyver
(Peter Lang Publishers, 2010 )
Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms:
A Study in the Development
of Reformed Social Thought

David VanDrunen
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010 )
Even though the Constitution proclaims treaties entered into by the United States to be part of the supreme law of the land and authorises prosecution of offences against the law of nation in federal courts, the United States has had a checkered record in ratifying human rights instruments, in upholding decisions of international tribunals, and indeed in submitting itself to the jurisdiction of such tribunals.Conventional wisdom holds that the theology and social ethics of the Reformed tradition stand at odds with concepts of natural law and the two kingdoms. This volume challenges that conventional wisdom through a study of Reformed social thought from the Reformation to the present.
Human Rights in Africa:
Lex charitatis:
Human Rights in Africa:
Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Abdullahi Ahmed An-naim and Francis M. Deng, eds.
(Brookings Institution Press, 2010)
Lex charitatis:
a juristic disquisition on law
in the theology of Martin Luther

Johannes Heckel and Gottfried G Krodel, eds.
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010 )
This powerful volume challenges the conventional view that the concept of human rights is peculiar to the West and, therefore, inherently alien to the non-Western traditions of third world countries.This substantial work by one of Europe's most respected twentieth-century legal minds unpacks Luther's doctrine of law, showing how it derived from his central theological concern, justification by faith.
Islam and the Secular State:
Islam and Human Rights,
Islam and the Secular State:
Negotiating the Future of Shari`a

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Harvard University Press, 2010)
Islam and Human Rights,
Collected Essays in Law

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Routledge, 2010)
What should be the place of Shari`a-Islamic religious law-in predominantly Muslim societies of the world? In this ambitious and topical book, a Muslim scholar and human rights activist envisions a positive and sustainable role for Shari`a, based on a profound rethinking of the relationship between religion and the secular state in all societies.The relationship between Islam and human rights forms an important aspect of contemporary international human rights debates. Current international events have made the topic more relevant than ever in international law discourse. Professor Abdullahi An-Na'im is undoubtedly one of the leading international scholars on this subject. He has written extensively on the subject and his works are widely referenced in the literature.
The Cambridge Guide to
Children and Childhood
The Cambridge Guide to
Jewish History, Religion, and Culture

Judith R. Baskin and Kenneth Seeskin, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2010 )
Children and Childhood
in World Religions

Don S. Browning and Marcia J. Bunge, eds.
(Rutgers University Press, 2009 )
The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture is a comprehensive and engaging overview of Jewish life, from its origins in the ancient Near East to its impact on contemporary popular culture. The twenty-one essays, arranged historically and thematically, and written specially for this volume by leading scholars, examine the development of Judaism and the evolution of Jewish history and culture over many centuries and in a range of locales.While children figure prominently in religious traditions, few books have directly explored the complex relationships between children and religion. This is the first book to examine the theme of children in major religions of the world.
Children and Childhood in American Religions
What is Right for the Children?
Children and Childhood in American Religions
Don S. Browning and Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, eds.
(Rutgers University Press, 2009 )
What is Right for the Children?
The Competing Paradigms of
Religion and Human Rights

Karen L. Worthington and Martha Albertson Fineman, ed.
(Ashgate Publishing, 2009 )
Whether First Communion or bar mitzvah, religious traditions play a central role in the lives of many American children. In this collection of essays, leading scholars reveal for the first time how various religions interpret, reconstruct, and mediate their traditions to help guide children and their parents in navigating the opportunities and challenges of American life.The authors address the role of religion in shaping attitudes about parental rights in the US, with particular emphasis upon the fundamentalist belief in natural lines of familial authority. Such beliefs have provoked powerful resistance in the US to human rights approaches that view the child as an independent rights holder and the state as obligated to provide services and protections that are distinctly child-centred.
'Til Death or Distance Do Us Part:
Religious Liberty,
'Til Death or Distance Do Us Part:
Love and Marriage
in African America

Francis Smith Foster
(Oxford University Press, 2009 )
Religious Liberty,
Volume One:
Overviews and History

Douglas Laycock
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2009 )
Conventional wisdom tells us that marriage was illegal for African Americans during the antebellum era, and that if people married at all, their vows were tenuous ones: "until death or distance do us part." It is an impression that imbues beliefs about black families to this day.This first volume gives the big picture of religious liberty in the United States. It fits a vast range of disparate disputes into a coherent pattern, from public school prayers to private school vouchers to regulation of churches and believers. Laycock clearly and carefully explains what the law is and argues for what the law should be.
Latino Immigrants
Doctrine in Experience:
Latino Immigrants
and the
Transformation of the U.S. South

Mary E. Odem and Elaine Lacy, eds.
(The University of Georgia Press, 2009 )
Doctrine in Experience:
A Methodist Theology
of Church and Ministry

Russel E. Richey
(Kingwood Books/ Abingdon, 2009 )
This multidisciplinary collection of essays, written by U.S. and Mexican scholars, explores these transformations in rural, urban, and suburban areas of the South. Using a range of different methodologies and approaches, the contributors present in-depth analyses of how immigration from Mexico and Central and South America is changing the South and how immigrants are adapting to the southern context.United Methodism is often accused of having an incoherent theological center. By examining the history and salient features of the church, this book says that United Methodist theology is actually appropriated from its experience as a missional corporate body. This allows United Methodist to do theology in new ways and to better adapt to its multivalent contexts.
When 'love' strikes :
New directions in Islamic thought:
When 'love' strikes :
social sciences, ethics and theology
on family violence

Annemie Dillen
(Conference Publication, 2009)
New directions in Islamic thought:
exploring reform and Muslim tradition

Kari Vogt, Lena Larsen and Christian Moe, eds.
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
The family many people long for is a 'safe haven', a place of love. Nevertheless, in many cases this 'love' becomes dangerous or violent. Idealistic views on the family can veil violence in the family. How should we speak about families in order to make visible both the hard realities of some families as well as the positive feelings and experiences? This groundbreaking volume shows in what ways prominent Muslim intellectuals have themselves attempted to bridge the gap by recasting traditional Islamic notions in the light of contemporary understandings of equality, justice and pluralism.
Methodist Connectionalism:
La Banalité Du Bien Et Du Mal:
Methodist Connectionalism:
Historical Perspectives

Russell E. Richey
(Board of Higher Education & Ministry, The UMC, 2009)
La Banalité Du Bien Et Du Mal:
The Banality Of Good And Evil)

David R. Blumenthal, Translated by Alain Blum
(Les Éditions du Cerf (The Editions du Cerf), 2009)
In thirteen previously published essays, especially revised and updated for this volume, United Methodist historian Russell Richey explores various dimensions of the history, theology, and practice of connectionalism in American Methodism.Quand ils furent interrogés, les hommes qui avaient tué des Juifs pendant la Shoah se défendirent ainsi : ils s'étaient contentés de faire ce que l'on attendait d'eux (en l'occurrence donner la mort en masse). Cette même réponse, David Blumenthal l'entendit de personnes qui avaient, au contraire, risqué leur vie pour sauver des Juifs durant cette même période. Pourquoi
Georgia Real Estate Finance
The Praeger handbook
Georgia Real Estate Finance
and Foreclosure Law with Forms,
2016-2017 ed.

Frank S. Alexander, Sara J. Toering, Sarah Bolling Mancini, eds.
(Thomson-West, 2009 )
The Praeger handbook
of religion and education
in the United States

James C Carper and Thomas C Hunt, eds.
(Praeger Publishers, 2009)
Georgia Real Estate Finance and Foreclosure Law with Forms discusses all relevant issues and concepts relating to real estate finance and foreclosure with the practitioner in mind. Ten Commandments displays, prayer at football games, Bible in the curriculum, vouchers for tuition at religious schools, Pledge of Allegiance, wall of separation between church and state, among other hot button issues at the intersection of religion and education, generate a great deal of heat, but often light is sorely lacking.
Islam and the Secular State:
The Classical Foundations
Islam and the Secular State:
Negotiating the Future of Shari'a

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Harvard University Press, 2008 )
The Classical Foundations
of the American Constitution

David J. Bederman
(Cambridge University Press, 2008)
What should be the place of Shari'a Islamic religious law in predominantly Muslim societies of the world? In this ambitious and topical book, a Muslim scholar and human rights activist envisions a positive and sustainable role for Shari'a, based on a profound rethinking of the relationship between religion and the secular state in all societies.This new volume combines techniques of intellectual history, classical studies, and constitutional interpretation offering fresh insights into the way the Framers designed the structural aspects of the Constitution, including separation of powers, the balance between federal and state power, the authority of the senate, judicial independence, and the exercise of war and foreign relations powers.
Spiritual Weapons:
Beyond Revenge:
Spiritual Weapons:
The Cold War
and the Forging of American National Religion

Jeremy T. Gunn
(Praeger Publishers, 2008 )
Beyond Revenge:
The Evolution
of the Forgiveness Indistinct

Michael E. McCullough
(Jossey-Bass, 2008 )
While some may argue that religion has & continues to influence U.S. foreign policy, others would argue that foreign policy has significantly influenced an American National Religion after 1947. Here, Gunn shows that in the wake of World War II, Americans quickly returned to their traditional peacetime suspicion of the military & engaged in disputes over capitalism. Why is revenge such a pervasive and destructive problem? How can we create a future in which revenge is less common and forgiveness is more common? Psychologist Michael McCullough argues that the key to a more forgiving, less vengeful world is to understand the evolutionary forces that gave rise to these intimately human instincts and the social forces that activate them in human minds today.
Children, Youth, and Spirituality
Thinking Through Faith
Children, Youth, and Spirituality
in a Troubling World

Mary Elizabeth Moore and Almeda M. Wright, eds.
(Chalice Press, 2008 )
Thinking Through Faith
New Perspectives
from Orthodox Christian Scholars

Aristotle Papanikolaou and Elizabeth H. Prodromou, eds.
(St. Valdimir Press, 2008)
Providing a practical theological analysis of the spiritual yearnings, expressions, and challenges of children and youth in a world of rapid change, dislocation, violence, and competing loyalties, "Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World" provides readers with a purposeful conversation on this important topic.This collection of twelve essays, as the title "Thinking Through Faith" implies, is the result of six years of reflective conversation and collaboration regarding core beliefs of the Orthodox faith, tenets that the authors present from fresh perspectives that appeal to reason and spiritual sensibilities alike.
Constitutional Rights,
The Sins of the Fathers
Constitutional Rights,
Moral Controversy,
and the Supreme Court

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2008 )
The Sins of the Fathers
The Law and Theology
of Illegitimacy Reconsidered

John Witte, Jr. and Joel A. Nicholas
(Cambridge University Press, 2008 )
In this new book, Michael J. Perry examines three of the most disputed constitutional issues of our time: capital punishment, state laws banning abortion, and state policies denying the benefit of law to same-sex unions. This doctrine, he argues, misinterprets basic biblical teachings on individual accountability and Christian community. It also betrays basic democratic principles of equality, dignity, and natural rights of all. There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents, Witte concludes, and he presses for the protection and rights of all children, regardless of their birth status.
Christianity and Law:
When Law and Religion Meet:
Christianity and Law:
An Introduction

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2008)
When Law and Religion Meet:
The Point of Convergence

April L. Bogle and Ginger Pyron
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007)
This collection of essays explores these Christian contributions to human rights through the perspectives of jurisprudence, theology, philosophy and history, and Christian contributions to the special rights claims of women, children, nature and the environment.Law. Religion. Do they have anything to say to each other? If so, what, and toward what end? And is the notion of productive dialogue between these two fields not surprising but essential?
The Pursuit of Justice and Jewish Law:
Love and Marriage in Early African America
The Pursuit of Justice and Jewish Law:
Halakhic Perspectives on the Legal Profession

Michael J. Broyde
(Yashar Books, 2007)
Love and Marriage in Early African America
Francis Smith Foster, ed.
(Northeastern University Press, 2007)
A Jewish lawyer is bound to --sometimes torn between -- two disparate systems of law and ethics. What do you do when your religion conflicts with your obligations as a lawyer? For that matter, how do you know what your religious obligations are? "Love and Marriage in Early African America" bring together a remarkable range of folk sayings, rhymes, songs, poems, letters, lectures, sermons, short stories, memoirs, and autobiographies. A culmination of twenty years of diligent research by noted scholar Frances Smith Foster, this anthology features selections on love and courtship, marriage, marriage rituals, and family.
Crisis in the Village:
God's Ambassadors:
Crisis in the Village:
Restoring Hope
in African American Communities

Robert M. Franklin
(Fortress Press, 2007 )
God's Ambassadors:
A History of the Christian Clergy in America

Brooks E. Holifield
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007)
Robert M. Franklin provides first-person advice and insight as he identifies the crises resident within three anchor institutions that have played key roles in the black struggle for freedom. With clarity and passion, Franklin calls for practical and comprehensive action for change from within the African American community and from all Americans.In "God's Ambassadors," E. Brooks Holifield masterfully traces the history of America's Christian clergy from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, analyzing the changes in practice and authority that have transformed the clerical profession.
Suing for America's Soul:
The Mystery of the Child
Suing for America's Soul:
John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute, and
Conservative Christians in the Courts

Jonathan R. Moore
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007)
The Mystery of the Child
Martin E. Marty
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007)
In "Suing for America's Soul," R. Jonathan Moore examines the foundation and subsequent practices of The Rutherford Institute, helping to explain the rise of conservative Christian legal advocacy groups in recent decades. "Mystery of the Child" encourages the thoughtful enjoyment of children instead of the imposition of adult will and control. Indeed, Marty treats the impulse to control as a problem and highlights qualities associated with children -- responsiveness, receptivity, openness to wonder -- that can become sources of renewal for adults.
God and Government in the Ghetto:
Toward a Theory of Human Right:
God and Government in the Ghetto:
The Politics of Church-State Collaboration
in Black America

Michael Leo Owens
(University of Chicago Press, 2007)
Toward a Theory of Human Right:
Religion, Law, Courts

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2007 )
In recent years, as government agencies have encouraged faith-based organizations to help ensure social welfare, many black churches have received grants to provide services to their neighborhoods' poorest residents. This collaboration, activist churches explain, is a way of enacting their faith and helping their neighborhoods.Perry here addresses the controversial issues of capital punishment, abortion, and same-sex unions. What is the proper role of courts, in a liberal democracy, in protecting and therefore in interpreting-constitutionally entrenched human rights?
To Have and to Hold:
Liberty: Rethinking and Imperiled Ideal
To Have and to Hold:
Marrying and its Documentation
in Western Christendom

Philip L. Reynolds and John Witte, Jr., eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2007 )
Liberty: Rethinking and Imperiled Ideal
Glenn Tinder
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007 )
This volume analyzes how, why, and when pre-modern Europeans documented their marriages - through property settlements, prenuptial contracts, court testimony, church weddings, and more. The authors consider both the function of documentation in the process of marrying and what the surviving documents say about pre-modern marriage.Liberty is a dangerous concept. It's sure to be misused and, if left unchecked, will likely bring not social harmony and happiness but their opposites. Nonetheless, liberty is absolutely necessary: without it, there can be no authentic community. People are not free to do the right thing unless they are free to do the wrong thing; if they can't be wrong, they can't be right.
Pubic Pulpits:
The Reformation of Rights:
Pubic Pulpits:
Methodist and Mainline Churches
in the Moral Argument of Public Life

Steven M. Tipton
(University of Chicago Press, 2007)
The Reformation of Rights:
Law, Religion and Human Rights
on Early Modern Calvinism

John Witte, Jr.
(University of Chicago Press, 2007)
Since the 2000 presidential election, debate over the role of religion in public life has followed a narrow course as pundits and politicians alike have focused on the influence wielded by conservative Christians. But what about more mainstream Christians? John Calvin developed arresting new teachings on rights and liberties, church and state, and religion and politics that shaped the law of Protestant lands. Calvin's original teachings were periodically challenged by major crises, This book is essential reading for scholars and students of history, law, religion, politics, ethics, human rights, and the Protestant Reformation.
The Equal-Regard Family and its Friendly Critics:
The Teachings of Modern Christianity
The Equal-Regard Family and its Friendly Critics:
Don Browning and the Practical
Theological Ethics of the Family

John M. Witte, M. Christian Green, and Amy Wheeler, eds.
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007 )
The Teachings of Modern Christianity
on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander
(Columbia University Press, 2005)
This volume is both a celebration and an evaluation of the work on sex, marriage, and family life by Don S. Browning, the dean of modern family studies in theological ethics and practical theology. This book is a true interdisciplinary effort, with insights from psychology, history, law, theology, biology, ethics, feminist theology, childhood studies, and education theory.Divided into two volumes, "The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature" offers a landmark collection of writings from twenty leading Christian thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and analyses of their work by leading contemporary religious scholars.
Witnessing Their Faith:
Women and Land in Africa:
Witnessing Their Faith:
Religious Influence on Supreme
Court Justices and Their Opinions

Jay Sekulow
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)
Women and Land in Africa:
Culture, Religion and Realizing
Women's Rights

L. Muthoni Wanyeki
(Zed Books Ltd, 2003)
When it was ratified in 1791, the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States sought to protect against two distinct types of government actions that interfere with religious liberty: the establishment of a national religion and interference with individual rights to practice religion.This volume is the product of original research into the changing situations which rural African women are experiencing in relation to land rights. The contributors highlight key land rights issues and make recommendations for each country.
Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law:
The Child in Christian Thought
Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law:
Perspectives on Reform

Lynn Welchman
(Zed Books Ltd, 2004)
The Child in Christian Thought
Marcia J. Bunge
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001)
This volume explores the present-day realities of Islamic family law, with particular emphasis on the rights of women. Three contrasting country cases have been selected: Egypt, the West Bank and Gaza, and the United States. This volume offers the first major survey of the history of Christian thought on children. Each chapter, written by an expert in the field, discusses the particular perspectives on children held by influential theologians and Christian movements throughout church history, asking what resources they can contribute to a sound contemporary view of childhood and child-rearing.
The Cambridge Companion
Family Transformed:
The Cambridge Companion
to Christian Ethics

Robin Gill
(Cambridge University Press, 2001)
Family Transformed:
Religion, Values, and Society
in American Life

Steven M. Tipton and John Witte, Jr.
(Georgetown University Press, 2005)
This book is written by leading international experts in Christian ethics and is aimed at students in upper-level undergraduate courses, at teachers and at graduate students. It will be useful as well to ministers and other professionals within the church. In a multifaceted analysis of the current state of a complex institution, "Family Transformed" brings together outstanding scholars from the fields of anthropology, demography, ethics, history, law, philosophy, primatology, psychology, sociology, and theology.
The Vocation of the Child
Authorizing Marriage?
The Vocation of the Child
Patrick M. Brennan
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008)
Authorizing Marriage?
Canon, Tradition, and Critique in
the Blessing of Same-Sex Unions

Mark D. Jordan, Meghan T. Sweeney, and David M. Mellott
(Princeton University Press, 2006)
Rather than discussing their possible vocation, discussions of children tend to center on their rights or duties. Does God have intentions for their young lives -- before they grow up and become 'real' people? The opponents of legal recognition for same-sex marriage frequently appeal to a "Judeo-Christian" tradition. But does it make any sense to speak of that tradition as a single teaching on marriage? Are there elements in Jewish and Christian traditions that actually authorize religious and civil recognition of same-sex couples?
We the People:
The Weightier Matters of the Law:
We the People:
the Fourteenth Amendment
and the Supreme Court

Michael J. Perry
(Oxford University Press, 1999)
The Weightier Matters of the Law:
Essays on Law and Religion; a Tribute
to Harold J. Berman

John Witte, Jr. Frank S. Alexander, and Harold J. Berman
(Scholar's Press, 1988)
In this book eminent legal scholar Michael J. Perry addresses this grave question, specifically inquiring into which of several major constitutional conflicts centered on the Fourteenth Amendment - conflicts over racial segregation, race-based affirmative action, sex-based discrimination, homosexuality, abortion, and physician-assisted suicide - have been resolved as they should have been.John Witte Jr. is the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He has published 120 articles and 20 books, including "Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation" and "The Reformation of Rights: Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Early Modern Calvinism,"
Islamic Family Law in a Changing World:
Christianity and Law:
Islamic Family Law in a Changing World:
a Global Resource Book

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Zed Books, 2002)
Christianity and Law:
an Introduction

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander
(Columbia University Press, 2008)
In "Islamic Family Law in a Changing World," Abdullahi A. An-Na'im explores the practice of the Shari'a, commonly known as Islamic Family Law. An-Na'im shows that the practical application of Shari'a principles is often modified by theological differences of interpretation, a country's particular customary practices, and state policy and law.What impact has Christianity had on the law from its beginnings to the present day? This introduction explores the main legal teachings of Western Christianity, set out in the texts and traditions of scripture and theology, philosophy, and jurisprudence.
Thinking Through Faith:
Covenant Marriage in
Thinking Through Faith:
New Perspectives from
Orthodox Christian Scholars

Aristotle Papanikolaou and Elizabeth H. Prodromou
(St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2008)
Covenant Marriage in
Comparative Perspective

John Witte, Jr. and Eliza Ellison
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005)
Within these pages a younger generation of Orthodox scholars in America takes up the perennial task of transmitting the meaning of Christianity to a particular time and culture.Brings together leading scholars from Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Islamic religious traditions, and American covenant marriage. This title carries out a comparison of contract and covenant in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim understandings of marriage. It also examines the nature of marriage through the lenses of law and religion.
Marriage, Sex, and Family
American Religions and the Family:
Marriage, Sex, and Family
in Judaism

Michael J. Broyde and Michael Ausubel
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2005)
American Religions and the Family:
How Faith Traditions Cope with
Modernization and Democracy

Don S. Browning and David A. Clairmont
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
The United States is in the midst of a whirlwind of change regarding marriage law and culture, and such changes affect every religion. This edited collection explores Jewish marriage from both a historical and a contemporary perspective, focusing on the religious construct of marriage and the social impact of family in the Jewish community. Studies the different ways religions have coped with the pressures of modernization in America. This work examines how these religions have confronted changing attitudes regarding the meaning and purpose of sex, the definition of marriage, the responsibility of fathers, and the status of children.
What Is Right for Children?:
Marriage Proposals:
What Is Right for Children?:
The Competing Paradigms of
Religion and Human Rights

Karen Worthington and Martha Albertson Fineman
(Routledge, 2009)
Marriage Proposals:
Questioning a Legal Status

Anita Bernstein
(New York University Press, 2005)
Combining feminist legal theory with international human rights concepts, this book examines the presence, participation and treatment of children in a variety of contexts. Specifically, through comparing legal developments in the US with legal developments in countries where the views that children are separate from their families and potentially in need of state protection are more widely accepted. Envisions a variety of scenarios in which adults would continue to join themselves together seeking permanent companionship and sustenance, linking sexual intimacy to a long commitment, usually caring for each other, and building new families.
Christianity and Democracy
Religious Freedom and Evangelism
Christianity and Democracy
in Global Context

John Witte, Jr.
(Westview Press, 1993)
Religious Freedom and Evangelism
in Latin America: Linking Pluralism
and Democrary

Paul E. Sigmund
(Orbis Books, 1999)
This collection brings together leading politicians, clerics, and academics of a variety of political positions and Christian persuasions to debate what Christianity has contributed in the past, and what it should contribute in the future, to the shape of democratic government around the world.Paul E. Sigmund is Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Ideologies of the Developing Nations, Natural Law in Political Thought, The Overthrow of Allende and the Politics of Chile, and Liberation Theology at the Crossroads.
Islam and Human Rights:
Under God?:
Islam and Human Rights:
Advocacy for Social
Change in Local Contexts

Mashood A. Baderin
(Global Media Publications, 2006)
Under God?:
Religious Faith and Liberal Democracy

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2003)
The proper role of religious faith in the public life of a liberal democracy is one of the most important and controversial issues in the United States today. In this new book, Michael J. Perry argues that political reliance on religious faith violate neither the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution nor, more broadly, the morality of liberal democracy.
Universalism vs. Relativism:
When 'Love' Strikes :
Universalism vs. Relativism:
Making Moral Judgments in a
Changing, Pluralistic, and Threatening World

Don S. Browning
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)
When 'Love' Strikes :
Social Sciences, Ethics and Theology
on Family Violence

Annemie Dillen
(Conference Publication, 2009)
The threat of 9/11, terrorism, reproductive technology, and globalization has forced us to ask anew whether there are universal moral truths upon which to base ethical and political judgments. Suitable for use in the classroom across many disciplines, this work presents and test the answers to this question.The family many people long for is a 'safe haven,'a place of love. Nevertheless, in many cases this 'love' becomes dangerous or violent. Idealistic views on the family can veil violence in the family. How should we speak about families in order to make visible both the hard realities of some families as well as the positive feelings and experiences? The existence of violence in families challenges many of our presuppositions.
Toward a Theory of Human Rights:
Human Rights and Religious Values:
Toward a Theory of Human Rights:
Religion, Law, Courts

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Human Rights and Religious Values:
An Uneasy Relationship

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Rodopi, 1995)
"Toward a Theory of Human Rights" makes a significant contribution both to human rights studies and to constitutional theory.The relevance, indeed urgency, of establishing a clear relationship between human rights and religious values is easily argued. Developments throughout the world have given rise to a number of conflicts caused by disparate interpretations of religious values and basic human rights.
Marriage and Same-Sex Unions:
Human Rights in Africa:
Marriage and Same-Sex Unions:
a Debate

Lynn D. Wardle
(Praeger, 2003)
Human Rights in Africa:
Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Abdullahi Ahmed An-naim and Francis M. Deng
(Brookings Institution Press, 2010)
This book exemplifies the high quality of thoughtful discussion and debate that is possible on the issue of same-sex marriage. Authors are paired to address and respond to a particular topic, one in favor of state recognition of same-sex relationships, and one in favor of limiting state recognition to those relationships that have been traditionally recognized as marriages.This powerful volume challenges the conventional view that the concept of human rights is peculiar to the West and, therefore, inherently alien to the non-Western traditions of third world countries.
Religious Human Rights in Global Perspective:
Theology of Law and Authority
Religious Human Rights in Global Perspective:
Religious Perspectives, Volume 1

John Witte, Jr. and Johan van der Vyver
(Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1996)
Theology of Law and Authority
in the English Reformation

Joan Lockwood O'Donovan
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1991)
The sacred texts and legal traditions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have contributed much to the cultivation and violation of religious human rights around the world - particularly of women, children, and dissidents. This work examines the ideas of the English Reformers regarding the origin and nature of law and authority for both church and commonwealth. It places the political and legal thought of the Reformers in the broader context of the Reformation and its theological debates over issues such as the relationship between faith and works, Scripture and tradition.
New Directions in Islamic Thought:
Religious Liberty in Western Thought
New Directions in Islamic Thought:
Exploring Reform and Muslim Tradition

Kari Vogt, Lena Larsen, and Christian Moe
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
Religious Liberty in Western Thought
W. Cole Durham, Jr. and Noel B. Reynolds
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1996)
How are Muslims to reconcile their beliefs with the pressures and imperatives of the modern world? How should they handle the tension between their roles as private citizens and their religious affiliations and identities? This volume shows in what ways prominent Muslim intellectuals have themselves attempted to bridge the gap by recasting traditional Islamic notions in the light of contemporary understandings of equality, justice and pluralism. In this volume, ten leading scholars harvest the best of Western thinking on religious liberty. An opening chapter shows how religious liberty emerged slowly in the West through centuries of cruel experience and growing enlightenment.
The Teachings of Modern Orthodox
The Teachings of Modern Protestantism
The Teachings of Modern Orthodox
Christianity on Law, Politics,
and Human Nature

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
The Teachings of Modern Protestantism
on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
This book examines how modern Orthodox Christian thinkers have answered political, legal, and ethical questions. This book discusses the teachings of Orthodox Christian intellectuals of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Examines how Protestant thinkers have answered political, legal, and ethical questions. This book discusses the enduring teachings of important Protestant intellectuals of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It also underscores the various ways Protestant intellectuals have shaped debates over the family, the state, religion, and society.
The Teachings of Modern Roman Catholicism
Telling Truths in Church:
The Teachings of Modern Roman Catholicism
on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
Telling Truths in Church:
Scandal, Flesh, and Christian Speech

Mark D. Jordan
(Beacon Press, 2004)
This book examines how Catholic thinkers have answered political, legal, and ethical questions. This book discusses the enduring teachings of important Catholic intellectuals of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.Is the reform we have seen in the wake of the pedophilia scandals in the Catholic Church meaningful? Have our conversations about the causes of these scandals delved as deeply as they need to?
The Ten Commandments in History:
God's Joust, God's Justice:
The Ten Commandments in History:
Mosaic Paradigms for a Well-Ordered Society

Paul Grimley Kuntz and Thomas D'Evelyn
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004)
God's Joust, God's Justice:
Law and Religion in the Western tradition

John Witte, Jr.
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2006)
Paul Kuntz surveys how the teachings of the Ten Commandments have been reflected in the works of philosophers from Philo Judaeus to Nietzsche.There are three things that people will die for -- their faith, their freedom, and their family. This volume focuses on all three, including the interactions among them, in the Western tradition and today.
A Standard for Repair:
State-Sponsored Proselytization:
A Standard for Repair:
the Establishment Clause, Equality,
and Natural Rights

T. Jeremy Gunn
(Garland, 1992)
State-Sponsored Proselytization:
A South African Experience

Johan D. van der Vyver
(Emory University School of Law, 2000)
Religious perceptions prevalent in a political community are bound to influence the laws and legal institutions of that community. The separation of law and religion, in a word, is - at least in the literal sense - a myth. And this also holds true in countries where separationist jurisprudence prevails.
Law in Public Health Practice,
The Morality of Adoption:
Law in Public Health Practice,
2nd Edition

Richard A. Goodman, Richard E. Hoffman, Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, Mark A. Rothstein, and Karen L. Foster
(Oxford University Press, 2006)
The Morality of Adoption:
Social-Psychological, Theological,
and Legal Perspectives

Timothy P. Jackson
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005)
Continually changing health threats, technologies, science, and demographics require that public health professionals have an understanding of law sufficient to address complex new public health challenges as they come into being. This uniquely interdisciplinary book features Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant contributors examining shifting societal attitudes toward adoption and wrestling with such concrete issues as the psychology of family ties, the advisability of cross-cultural adoption, the morality of single-parent adoption, and the new territory of embryo adoptions.
The Law Applied:
Islam and Human Rights:
The Law Applied:
Contextualizing the Islamic Shari'a:
a Volume in Honor of Frank E. Vogel

Frank E. Vogel, P. J. Bearman, Wolfhart Heinrichs, and Bernard G. Weiss
(I.B. Tauris, 2008)
Islam and Human Rights:
Advocacy for Social Change
in Local Contexts

Mashood A. Baderin
(Global Media, 2006)
This book looks at judicial decision-making, legal responses (fatwas), customary practices, the actions of public inspectors, cultural contexts, and theological discourses as well as modern legal reform and constitutional development. This book offers an account of how Islamic law works in practice in the social life of the contemporary world. This new book explores the relationship between human rights and Islam, with the objective of helping people within Muslim societies promote and protect human rights from an Islamic perspective.
Church Autonomy:
Sex, Marriage, and Family
Church Autonomy:
a Comparative Survey

Gerhard Robbers
(P. Lang, 2001)
Sex, Marriage, and Family
in World Religions

Don Browning, M. Christian Green, and John Witte, Jr.
(Columbia University Press, 2005)
The book dedicates itself to the right of autonomy of the churches and religious communities in Europe and the USA. This right of self-determination is embedded in many different, very complex relationships between the state and religious communities. Spanning thousands of years, this new collection brings together writings and teachings about sex, marriage, and family from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions.
Sex, Marriage, and Family
Religious Pluralism, Globalization,
Sex, Marriage, and Family
in John Calvin's Geneva

John Witte, Jr. and Robert M Kingdon
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005)
Religious Pluralism, Globalization,
and World Politics

Thomas F. Banchoff
(Oxford University Press, 2008)
John Calvin transformed the Western concept of sex, marriage, and family life. This volume treats the theology and law that Calvin and his fellow reformers established in sixteenth-century Geneva.Work on culture and globalization tends to focus on dynamics of reaction or resistance. Religion generally figures as a defensive response to economic and cultural globalization, a way to assert local identities against the international.
Proselytism and Orthodoxy in Russia:
Proselytization and Communal Self-Determination
Proselytism and Orthodoxy in Russia:
The New War for Souls

John Witte, Jr. and Michael Bordeaux
(Orbis Books, 1999)
Proselytization and Communal Self-Determination
in Africa: Individual Versus Collective Rights

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Orbis Books, 1999)
Few of the struggles Russia has undergone since the fall of Communism have been fiercer than that being fought between the long-repressed Russian Orthodox Church and a host of groups seeking to evangelize the Russian people. This probing collection of essays brings together a stellar group of Muslim and Christian, African and Western scholars. Together they explore the question, Where does one community's right to commend itself to others leave off, and another community's right to be left alone begin?
Religion Contemporary Liberalism
Reweaving the Social Tapestry:
Religion Contemporary Liberalism
Paul J. Weithman
(University of Notre Dame Press, 1997)
Reweaving the Social Tapestry:
Toward a Public Philosophy
and Policy for Families

Don S. Browning and Gloria G. Rodriguez
(W.W. Norton & Company Inc., 2002)
This collection of papers makes a step towards increased dialogue among philosophical liberals and their theological, sociological and legal critics. The text should be significant for those concerned with the place of religion within a liberal society.Families can play a pivotal role in bringing America to greater unity, but even the definition of "family" can be divisive. The authors seek to identify the underlying values in these debates, find common ground among diverse traditions, and clarify the supporting roles of government, business, and civil society.
Religious Liberty in Western Thought
Religion in Global Civil Society
Religious Liberty in Western Thought
Noel B. Reynolds and W. Cole Durham, Jr.
(Scholars Press, 1996)
Religion in Global Civil Society
Mark Juergensmeyer
(Oxford University Press, 2005)
In this volume, ten leading scholars harvest the best of Western thinking on religious liberty. An opening chapter shows how religious liberty emerged slowly in the West through centuries of cruel experience and growing enlightenment. Is religion the natural enemy of globalization? This book contains essays that explore the difficulties and possibilities of a diversity of religious groups occupying the same civil society.
Religion in Politics:
Facilitating Freedom of
Religion in Politics:
Constitutional and Moral Perspectives

Michael J. Perry
(Oxford University Press, 1999)
Facilitating Freedom of
Religion or Belief: a Deskbook

Tore Lindholm, W. Cole Durham, Jr., and Bahia Tahzib-Lie
(Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2004)
This book is a fruit of the Oslo Conference on Freedom of Religion and Belief, which was held in August 1998 and co-sponsored by the Norwegian Government.This book is a fruit of the Oslo Conference on Freedom of Religion and Belief, which was held in August 1998 and co-sponsored by the Norwegian Government.
Religion and International Law
Religion, Beliefs, and
Religion and International Law
Mark W. Janis and Carolyn Evans
(Columbia University Press, 2000)
Religion, Beliefs, and
International Human Rights

Natan Lerner
(Orbis Books, 2000)
One of the great tasks, perhaps the greatest task, weighing on modern international lawyers is to craft a universal law and legal process capable of ordering relations among diverse people with differing religions, histories, cultures, laws, and languages. The Latino population in the South has more than doubled over the past decade. The mass migration of Latin Americans to the U.S. South has led to profound changes in the social, economic, and cultural life of the region and inaugurated a new era in southern history. This multidisciplinary collection of essays, written by U.S. and Mexican scholars, explores these transformations in rural, urban, and suburban areas of the South.
Mexican Immigration to the
The Child in Christian Thought
Mexican Immigration to the
U.S. Southeast: Impact and Challenges

Mary E. Odem and Elaine Cantrell Lacy
(Instituto de Mexico: Consulado General de Mexico en Atlanta, 2005)
The Child in Christian Thought
Marcia J. Bunge
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001)
Stemming from the Mexican Immigration to the US Southeast: Impact and Challenges conference held in Atlanta, GA, in 2004, editors Odem and Lacy compile a thorough and multifaceted exploration of emerging trends related to the Latino experience in the US South. A collection of seventeen essays presenting theological perspectives on children throughout history. This volume discusses the care of children, their spiritual education, and the role of parents, the church, and the state in raising children.
Rediscovering the Natural Law
Public Pulpits:
Rediscovering the Natural Law
in Reformed Theological Ethics

Stephen John Grabill
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2006)
Public Pulpits:
Methodists and Mainline Churches
in the Moral Argument of Public Life

Steven M .Tipton
(University of Chicago Press, 2007)
Attempts the task of reintegrating Reformed Protestant theology with natural law by appealing to Reformation-era theologians such as John Calvin, Peter Martyr Vermigli and others who refined the traditional understanding of this key doctrine. This book asks Christian ethicists, theologians and laypersons to take another look at this vital element.Since the 2000 presidential election, debate over the role of religion in public life has followed a narrow course as pundits and politicians alike have focused on the influence wielded by conservative Christians. But what about more mainstream Christians?
Sharing the Book:
Power over the Body,
Sharing the Book:
Religious Perspectives on the
Rights and Wrongs of Mission

John Witte, Jr. and Richard C. Martin
(Orbis Books, 1999)
Power over the Body,
Equality in the Family: Rights and
Domestic Relations in Medieval Canon Law

Charles J. Reid
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004)
The term "conjugal rights" has long characterized ways of speaking about marriage both in the canonistic tradition and in the secular legal systems of the West. This book explores the origins and dimensions of this concept and the range of meanings that have attached to it from the twelfth century to the present.
Political Order and
Politics and the Order
Political Order and
the Plural Structure of Society

James W. Skillen and Rockne M. McCarthy
(Scholars Press, 1991)
Politics and the Order
of Love

Eric S. Gregory
(University of Chicago Press, 2008)
This excellent volume explores three forms of pluralist theory-those based on historical doctrines of custom and tradition, Catholic doctrines of natural law and subsidiarity, and Calvinist doctrines of sphere sovereignty and creation-and compares and evaluates each of these forms of pluralism within the context of American thought.Augustine, for all of his influence on Western culture and politics, was hardly a liberal. Drawing from theology, feminist theory, and political philosophy, Eric Gregory offers here a liberal ethics of citizenship, one less susceptible to anti-liberal critics because it is informed by the Augustinian tradition.
Protecting the Human Rights
Religion, Politics, and the
Protecting the Human Rights
of Religious Minorities
in Eastern Europe

Peter G. Danchin and Elizabeth A. Cole
(Columbia University Press, 2002)
Religion, Politics, and the
American Experience: Reflections
on Religion and American Public Life

Edith Waldvogel Blumhofer
(University of Alabama Press, 2002)
The ousting of the communist regimes has not guaranteed the protection of human rights. The historical reality is that discrimination against minority religious and ethnic groups is often part of a broader monolithic nationalism. As official atheism is replaced by varying models of church-state arrangements, how much will the rule of law prevail against resurgent nationalism and intolerance toward minorities? The result of a series of conferences on religion and politics conducted by the Public Religion project at the University of Chicago, funded by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trust, this collection brings together an extraordinarily diverse set of contributors.
Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church:
Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms:
Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church:
Crisis and Renewal

Lisa Sowle Cahill, John H. Garvey, and T. Frank Kennedy
(Herder & Herder Book/Crossroad, 2006)
Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms:
a Study in the Development of
Reformed Social Thought

David VanDrunen
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010)
"In Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church," Lisa Sowle Cahill, John Garvey, and T. Frank Kennedy, S.J. bring together leading Catholic theologians to discuss sexuality in the context of Church tradition, identifying modern-day challenges, and pointing to resources for the future. Conventional scholarship holds that the theology and social ethics of the Reformed tradition stand at odds with concepts of natural law and the two kingdoms. But David VanDrunen here challenges that status quo through his careful, thoroughgoing exploration of the development of Reformed social thought from the Reformation to the present.
Covenant Marriage in
The New Global Law
Covenant Marriage in
Comparative Perspective

John Witte, Jr. and Eliza Ellison
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005)
The New Global Law
Rafael Domingo
(Cambridge University Press, 2010)
This title brings together leading scholars from Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Islamic religious traditions, and American covenant marriage. It carries out a comparison of contract and covenant in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim understandings of marriage. It also examines the nature of marriage through the lenses of law and religion. The dislocations of the worldwide economic crisis, the necessity of a system of global justice to address crimes against humanity, and the notorious 'democratic deficit' of international institutions highlight the need for an innovative and truly global legal system, one that permits humanity to re-order itself according to acknowledged global needs and evolving consciousness.
More Lasting Unions: Christianity,
Methodist Connectionalism:
More Lasting Unions: Christianity,
the Family, and Society

Stephen Garrard Post
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000)
Methodist Connectionalism:
Historical Perspectives

Russell Richey
(Board of Higher Education & Ministry, The UMC, 2009)
A powerful reassertion of the social and spiritual significance of marriage and the family. Many recent social theorists maintain that marriage and the nuclear family are not particularly important to the fabric of our culture. In this powerful refutation, grounded in both Christian teaching and social-science data, Stephen G. Post asserts that the bonds of marriage and family are fundamental to our social and spiritual well-being. United Methodist historian, Russell Richey has revised and updated thirteen of his previously published essays to explore the theology and practice of Connectionalism in American Methodism under four rubrics: connectionalism's ordering, its relation to ministry, its ritual and apologetic aspects, and various ways in which it has been conceptualized in American Methodist history.
Sharing the Book:
To Have and to Hold: Marrying
Sharing the Book:
Religious Perspectives on the Rights
and Wrongs of Proselytism

John Witte, Jr. and Richard C. Martin
(Orbis Books, 1999)
To Have and to Hold: Marrying
and its Documentation in Western
Christendom, 400--1600

Philip Lyndon Reynolds and John Witte, Jr.
(Cambridge University Press, 2007)
This volume contains a series of essays discussing proselytism in Judaism, Islam, mainline Christianity, and modern missionary movements. Chapters address issues like anti-Semitism, jihad, canon law, human rights, and religious freedom. This 2007 volume analyzes how, why, and when pre-modern Europeans documented their marriages.
Marriage: Just a Piece of Paper?
Lex Charitatis:
Marriage: Just a Piece of Paper?
Katherine Anderson, Don S. Browning, and Brian Boyer
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2002)
Lex Charitatis:
a Juristic Disquisition on Law
in the Theology of Martin Luther

Johannes Heckel and Gottfried G. Krodel
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010)
"Marriage - Just a Piece of Paper?" goes beyond conservative-liberal battles over the state of the American family and addresses head-on the difficult question of marriage itself, weaving together scores of revealing interviews with children, adults, and well-known experts, the book poignantly captures their voices and the complexities of their loves, hopes, disappointments, and heartbreaks.This substantial work by one of Europe's most respected twentieth-century legal minds unpacks Luther's doctrine of law, showing how it derived from his central theological concern, justification by faith.
The Meaning of Marriage:
The Encyclopedia of Christianity.
The Meaning of Marriage:
Family, State, Market, and Morals

Robert P. George and Jean Bethke Elshtain
(Spence Publishing Company, 2006)
The Encyclopedia of Christianity.
Vol. 3, J-O

Erwin Fahlbusch and Geoffrey W. Bromiley
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2003)
The movement for same-sex marriage has triggered an unprecedented crisis in the social norms and laws governing marriage. All great civilizations have sought to unite, in the institution of marriage, the goods of sexual intimacy, childbearing and childrearing, and lifelong love between adults. But the last five decades have witnessed the erosion of marriage as a public institution in the developed world. "The Encyclopedia of Christianity" is the first of a five-volume English translation of the third revised edition of Evangelisches Kirchenlexikon. Its German articles have been tailored to suit an English readership, and articles of special interest to English readers have been added.
Fiat Iustitia:
Law and Protestantism:
Fiat Iustitia:
Essays in Memory of
Oliver Deneys Schreiner

O. D. Schreiner and Ellison Kahn
(School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1983)
Law and Protestantism:
the Legal Teachings of the
Lutheran Reformation

John Witte, Jr.
(Cambridge University Press, 2002)
The Lutheran Reformation catalyzed immense and far-reaching change in both Church and state and in both religious and secular ideas. This book investigates the transformation of law and theology born of Lutheran teachings of the sixteenth century.
Law and Revolution, II:
Law and Revolution:
Law and Revolution, II:
the Impact of the Protestant Reformations
on the Western Legal Tradition

Harold J. Berman
(Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003)
Law and Revolution:
the Formation of the Western
Legal Tradition

Harold J. Berman
(Harvard University Press, 1983)
Taken together, Berman's two volumes offer a sweeping panorama of the rise of modern law in the West, from its medieval beginnings to the start of the eighteenth century. In scope, learning, and ambition there is nothing else quite like them, and they constitute one of the deepest contributions to scholarship to have emerged from the legal academy in decades. The roots of modern Western legal institutions and concepts go back nine centuries to the Papal Revolution, when the Western church established its political and legal unity and its independence from emperors, kings, and feudal lords. Out of this upheaval came the Western idea of integrated legal systems consciously developed over generations and centuries.
La Banalité Du Bien Et Du Mal
Islam and the Secular State:
La Banalité Du Bien Et Du Mal
(The Banality Of Good And Evil)

David R. Blumenthal; Translated by Alain Blum
(Les Éditions du Cerf (The Editions du Cerf), 2009)
Islam and the Secular State:
Negotiating the Future of Shari`a

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Harvard University Press, 2010)
When they were questioned, the men who had killed Jews during the Holocaust defended themselves: they were content to do what was expected of them (in this case mass death). The same answer, David Blumenthal heard from people who had risked their lives to save Jews during the same period. What should be the place of Shari'a, Islamic religious law, in predominantly Muslim societies of the world? In this ambitious and topical book, a Muslim scholar and human rights activist envisions a positive and sustainable role for Shari'a, based on a profound rethinking of the relationship between religion and the secular state in all societies.
Islamic Studies:
Islam and Human Rights,
Islamic Studies:
a History of Religions Approach

Richard C. Martin
(Prentice Hall, 1996)
Islam and Human Rights,
Collected Essays in Law

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Routledge, 2010)
This text seeks to make the academic study of religion a more prominent consideration in the study of Islam than it has been in the past. "Islamic Studies: A History of Religions Approach, Second Edition" represents a substantial revision that has been both updated to reflect Islam's rise in North America and the international media, and refocused to situate the study of Islam within the comparative study of religions.The relationship between Islam and human rights forms an important aspect of contemporary international human rights debates. Current international events have made the topic more relevant than ever in international law discourse. Professor Abdullahi An-Na'im is undoubtedly one of the leading international scholars on this subject. He has written extensively on the subject and his works are widely referenced in the literature.
The Idea of Natural Rights:
Implementation of International
The Idea of Natural Rights:
Studies on Natural Rights, Natural
Law, and Church Law 1150-1625

Brian Tierney
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1997)
Implementation of International
Law in the United States

Johan D. van der Vyver
(Peter Lang, 2010)
This series, originally published by Scholars Press and now available from Eerdmans, is intended to foster exploration of the religious dimensions of law, the legal dimensions of religion, and the interaction of legal and religious ideas, institutions, and methods.Even though the Constitution proclaims treaties entered into by the United States to be part of the supreme law of the land and authorises prosecution of offences against the law of nation in federal courts, the United States has had a checkered record in ratifying human rights instruments, in upholding decisions of international tribunals.
The Idea of Human Rights:
Happiness: Classic and Contemporary
The Idea of Human Rights:
Four Inquiries

Michael J. Perry
(Oxford University Press, 2000)
Happiness: Classic and Contemporary
Readings in Philosophy

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano
(Oxford University Press, 2007)
Inspired by a 1988 trip to El Salvador, Michael J. Perry's new book is a personal and scholarly exploration of the idea of human rights. Perry is one of our nation's leading authorities on the relation of morality, including religious morality, to politics and law. He seeks, in this book, to disentangle the complex idea of human rights by way of four probing and interrelated essays. Modern Protestant debates about spousal relations and the meaning of marriage began in a forgotten international dispute some 300 years ago. The Lutheran-Pietist ideal of marriage as friendship and mutual pursuit of holiness battled with the idea that submission defined spousal roles.
Hebrews: A Commentary
Comparative Perspectives
Hebrews: A Commentary
Luke Timothy Johnson
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2006)
Comparative Perspectives
on Shari'ah in Nigeria

Philip Ostien, Jamila M. Nasir, and Franz Kogelmann
(Spectrum Books, 2005)
This volume of the New Testament Library offers a thorough and careful commentary on the complicated book of Hebrews, showing its meaning within the context of ancient culture and the theological development of the early church. A timely publication when the need for greater understanding between Islamic and Western cultures is sharper than ever, the papers in this book are the result of an international conference entitled 'the Shari'ah debate and the shaping of Muslim and Christian identities in Northern Nigeria'.
Georgia Real Estate Finance
Religious Pluralism and Human
Georgia Real Estate Finance
and Foreclosure Law with Forms,
2016-2017 ed.

Frank S. Alexander, Sara J. Toering, and Sarah Bolling Mancini
(Thomson-West, 2009)
Religious Pluralism and Human
Rights in Europe: Where to Draw the Line?

T. Loenen and J. E. Goldschmidt
(Antwerpen: Intersentia, 2007)
"Georgia Real Estate Finance and Foreclosure Law with Forms," discusses all relevant issues and concepts relating to real estate finance and foreclosure with the practitioner in mind. This edition outlines every step in the foreclosure process, from pre-foreclosure rights and remedies, to the sale itself, confirmation, and deficiencies. Every facet of the current law in Georgia is explained. 'How should we deal with religious pluralism in contemporary Europe from a human rights perspective and where should we draw the line, if any?' This was the central question of an expert seminar held in 2006 at Utrecht University to celebrate the inaugural address of Abdullahi An-Na'im, who occupied the G.J. Wiarda Chair at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) in 2005/2006.
The Praeger Handbook of Religion
Faith and Order:
The Praeger Handbook of Religion
and Education in the United States

James C. Carper and Thomas C. Hunt
(Praeger Publishers, 2009)
Faith and Order:
the Reconciliation of Law and Religion

Harold J. Berman
(Scholars Press, 1993)
"The Praeger Handbook of Religion and Education in the United States" provides a unique source of light to educators, religious leaders, journalists, policy-makers, parents, and the general public as well as a useful resource for scholars interested in the impact of religion on the origins, development, and current shape of the American educational landscape. This book argues that despite the tensions existing in all societies between religious faith and legal order, they inevitably interact. In the course of his discussion Berman traces the history of Western law, exposes the fallacies of law theories that fail to take religion into account, examines key theological, prophetic, and educational themes, and looks at the role of religion in the Soviet and post-Soviet state.
Emotion and Memory in Development:
The Ethics of Sex
Emotion and Memory in Development:
Biological, Cognitive, and Social Considerations

Jodi A. Quas and Robyn Fivush
(Oxford University Press, 2009)
The Ethics of Sex
Mark D. Jordon
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2001)
The question of how well children recall and can discuss emotional experiences is one with numerous theoretical and applied implications. Theoretically, the role of emotions generally and emotional distress specifically in children's emerging cognitive abilities has implications for understanding how children attend to and process information, how children react to emotional information, and how that information affects their development and functioning over time. Mark Jordan has written a provocative and stimulating introduction to the issues surrounding sexual ethics and sexuality and theology, filling a much-needed void in this field. Jordan summarizes key topics and themes in the teaching and discussion of religious ethics as well as pushing forward the debate in interesting and original directions.
Caritas Et Reformatio:
Early New England:
Caritas Et Reformatio:
Essays on Church and Society
in Honor of Carter Lindberg

Carter Lindberg and David M. Whitford
(Concordia Academic Press, 2002)
Early New England:
a Covenanted Society

David A. Weir
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005)
This festschrift contains insightful essays on social, political, and ecclesial themes in the Reformation and in 16th-century Europe. Contributors explore the connections between faith and life, focusing primarily on the various ways religious identity and commitments exerted a profound impact on individuals, as well as on marriage, community, government, and other institutions.The idea of covenant was at the heart of early New England society. In this singular book David Weir explores the origins and development of covenant thought in America by analyzing the town and church documents written and signed by seventeenth century New Englanders.
Doctrine in Experience:
Does Christianity Teach Male Headship?
Doctrine in Experience:
A Methodist Theology of
Church and Ministry

Russell E. Richey
(Kingswood Books, 2009)
Does Christianity Teach Male Headship?
The Equal-Regard Marriage and Its Critics

Don S. Browning, David Blankenhorn, and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwe
(Wm. B. Eerdmans , 2004)
United Methodism is often accused of having an incoherent theological center. By examining the history and salient features of the church, this book says that United Methodist theology is actually appropriated from its experience as a missional corporate body. This allows United Methodist to do theology in new ways and to better adapt to its multivalent contexts.This is not just another book on the perennial issue of male headship. In contrast to those many who regard Christianity as the great source of male domination, this book argues that authentic Christianity does not teach that husbands have spiritual superiority over their wives, and its authors listen to and engage voices that still claim that it does.
Defenders of Reason in Islam:
Constitutional Rights,
Defenders of Reason in Islam:
Mu'tazilism from Medieval School to Modern Symbol

Richard C. Martin, Mark R. Woodward, and Dwi S. Atmaja
(Oneworld Publications, 1997)
Constitutional Rights,
Moral Controversy,
and the Supreme Court

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2009)
Drawing on texts both ancient and modern, this book explores rational theology in Islam, from ninth and tenth century Mu'tazilism to rationalist modernist scholarship.Michael J. Perry examines three of the most disputed constitutional issues of our time: capital punishment, state laws banning abortion, and state policies denying the benefit of law to same-sex unions.
The Classical Foundations of the
Christian Ethics and the
The Classical Foundations of the
American Constitution: Prevailing Wisdom

David J. Bederman
(Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Christian Ethics and the
Moral Psychologies

Don S. Browning
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2006)
Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the Constitution and the mindset of the framers. The drafters and ratifiers of the American Constitution were influenced by ancient history and classical political theory. Interest in psychology permeates our culture, with psychological solutions advanced for a host of moral dilemmas. How should ethically minded Christians include insights from such disciplines as psychoanalysis, cognitive moral development, and neuroscience in their theological reflection?
The Cambridge Guide to Jewish
Religion, Pluralism, and Public Life:
The Cambridge Guide to Jewish
History, Religion, and Culture

Judith R. Baskin and Kenneth Seeskin
(Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Religion, Pluralism, and Public Life:
Abraham Kuyper's Legacy
for the Twenty-First Century

Luis E. Lugo
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000)
"The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture," is a comprehensive and engaging overview of Jewish life, from its origins in the ancient Near East to its impact on contemporary popular culture. The twenty-one essays, arranged historically and thematically, and written specially for this volume by leading scholars, examine the development of Judaism and the evolution of Jewish history and culture over many centuries and in a range of locales. Abraham Kuyper's Christian vision of society, communicated in the famous Stone Lectures one hundred years ago, remains influential worldwide. In this volume an international cast of scholars reflects on Kuyper's social and political thought and its meaning for contemporary public life.
Blessing Same-Sex Unions:
The Book of Marriage
Blessing Same-Sex Unions:
The Perils of Queer Romance and the
Confusions of Christian Marriage

Mark D. Jordan
(University of Chicago Press, 2005)
The Book of Marriage
Dana Mack and David Blankenhorn
(Simon & Schuster, 2001)
Jordan shows how carefully selected ideals of Christian marriage have come to dominate recent debates over same-sex unions. Opponents of gay marriage, he reveals, too often confuse simplified ideals of matrimony with historical facts. Each chapter in this superb anthology introduces a different dilemma of marital life, and then offers the best historical writings on the theme. The selections were chosen not only for their wisdom and accessibility but also for their ability to lend background and insight to our contemporary context.
Brother of Jesus:
Building Cultures of Trust
Brother of Jesus:
Friend of God

Luke Timothy Johnson
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004)
Building Cultures of Trust
Martin E. Marty
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010)
The letter of James has enjoyed a colorful history, with its background and significance widely debated over the centuries. In this book an outstanding scholar of the New Testament offers new and selected studies of James that show its roots in antiquity and its importance for Christian history and theology. American society is experiencing a profound crisis of trust, from government to mass media to educational and religious institutions. This crisis affects us all. Martin Marty proposes ways of improving the conditions for trust at what might be called the grassroots level.
The Autonomy Myth:
Between Experience and Interpretation:
The Autonomy Myth:
A Theory of Dependency

Martha Albertson Fineman
(The New Press, 2004)
Between Experience and Interpretation:
Engaging the Writings of the New Testament

Mary F. Foskett and O. Wesley Allen, Jr.
(Abingdon Press, 2008)
In this paradigm-shifting and controversial book, the author documents how American policymakers' overemphasis on the values of self-sufficiency and autonomy has negatively affected government policy relating to the care of the young, the elderly, and the infirm. The writers of the New Testament had a powerful experience of the living, crucified, and resurrected Christ that required a complete reinterpretation of the world and their place in it. The worshiping community today has an ongoing experience of the spirit of Christ that leads it back, time and again, to the texts of the New Testament, seeking to understand the meaning of that experience.
In Defense of Human Dignity
Beyond Revenge:
In Defense of Human Dignity
Robert P. Kraynak and Glenn Tinder
(Universit of Notre Dame, 2003)
Beyond Revenge:
The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct

Michael D. Greaney
(Jossey-Bass, 2008)
Robert Kraynak and Glenn Tinder contend that the major challenge of our time is to recover a true and authentic understanding of human dignity and to defend it against threats from modern civilization. Why is revenge such a pervasive and destructive problem? How can we create a future in which revenge is less common and forgiveness is more common?
African Constitutionalism
And Nothing But the Truth
African Constitutionalism
and the Role of Islam

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Westview Press, 1993)
And Nothing But the Truth
Jay Sekulow and Keith Fournier
(Thomas Nelson, 1996)
Constitutionalism is steadily becoming the prevalent form of governance in Africa. But how does constitutionalism deal with the lingering effects of colonialism? And how does African constitutional law deal with Islamic principles? "African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam" seeks to answer these questions.Learn how you can be a part of the new revolution of religious freedom sweeping our country and discover what you can do to reclaim your community and your own rights.
Ministers of the Law
Emotion and Memory in Development:
Ministers of the Law
A Natural Law Theory
of Legal Authority

Jean Porter
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010)
Emotion and Memory in Development:
Biological, Cognitive, and Social Considerations

Jodi A Quas; Robyn Fivush, eds.
(Oxford University Press, 2009 )
In "Ministers of the Law," Jean Porter articulates a theory of legal authority derived from the natural law tradition. As she points out, the legal authority of most traditions rests on their own internal structures, independent of extralegal considerations -- legal houses built on sand, as it were. The question of how well children recall and can discuss emotional experiences is one with numerous theoretical and applied implications. Theoretically, the role of emotions generally and emotional distress specifically in children's emerging cognitive abilities has implications for understanding how children attend to and process information, how children react to emotional information, and how that information affects their development and functioning over time.
Doctrine in Experience:
Constitutional Rights,
Doctrine in Experience:
A Methodist Theology
of Church and Ministry

Russell E. Richey
(Kingswood Books, 2009)
Constitutional Rights,
Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2009)
United Methodism is often accused of having an incoherent theological center. By examining the history and salient features of the church, this book says that United Methodist theology is actually appropriated from its experience as a missional corporate body. This allows United Methodist to do theology in new ways and to better adapt to its multivalent contexts.In this important new book, Michael J. Perry examines three of the most disputed constitutional issues of our time: capital punishment, state laws banning abortion, and state policies denying the benefit of law to same-sex unions.
The Vocation of the Child
Christianity and Law: an Introduction
The Vocation of the Child
Patrick M. Brennan
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008)
Christianity and Law: an Introduction
John Witte Jr., and Frank S. Alexander, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Rather than discussing their possible vocation, discussions of children tend to center on their rights or duties. Does God have intentions for their young lives -- before they grow up and become ¿real¿ people? Distinguished jurist Patrick McKinley Brennan has gathered sixteen authors to approach this idea in various ways, from historical to psychological to theological. What impact has Christianity had on the law from its beginnings to the present day? This introduction explores the main legal teachings of Western Christianity, set out in the texts and traditions of scripture and theology, philosophy and jurisprudence. It takes up the weightier matters of the law that Christianity has profoundly shaped - justice and mercy, rule and equity, discipline and love - as well as more technical topics of canon law, natural law, and state law.
Thinking through Faith:
The Law Applied:
Thinking through Faith:
New Perspectives from
Orthodox Christian Scholars

Aristotle Papanikolaou and Elizabeth H Prodromou, eds.
(St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2008)
The Law Applied:
Contextualizing the Islamic Shari'a :
a Volume in Honor of Frank E. Vogel

"Frank E Vogel, P J Bearman, Wolfhart Heinrichs and Bernard G Weiss
(I.B. Tauris, 2008 )
Within these pages a younger generation of Orthodox scholars in America takes up the perennial task of transmitting the meaning of Christianity to a particular time and culture. This collection of twelve essays, as the title Thinking Through Faith implies, is the result of six years of reflective conversation and collaboration regarding core beliefs of the Orthodox faith, tenets that the authors present from fresh perspectives that appeal to reason and spiritual sensibilities alike.A sea change has taken place in Islamic legal studies. This book both reflects and contributes to that change. Traditionally, scholars in this field have tended to focus on law as a body of rules and doctrines, as `fiqh.¿ This volume is interested in how the law has been applied to concrete situations.
Religious Pluralism, Globalization,
Politics and the Order of Love
Religious Pluralism, Globalization,
and World Politics

Thomas Banchoff
(Oxford University Press, 2008)
Politics and the Order of Love
Eric Gregory
(University of Chicago Press, 2008)
Globalization has spawned more active transnational religious communities, creating a powerful force in world affairs. Religious Pluralism, Globalization and World Politics, an incisive new collection of essays, explores the patterns of cooperation and conflict that mark this new religious pluralism. Augustine¿for all of his influence on Western culture and politics¿was hardly a liberal. Drawing from theology, feminist theory, and political philosophy, Eric Gregory offers here a liberal ethics of citizenship, one less susceptible to anti-liberal critics because it is informed by the Augustinian tradition.
The Classical Foundations
Between Experience and Interpretation:
The Classical Foundations
of the American Constitution:
Prevailing Wisdom

David J. Bederman
(Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Between Experience and Interpretation:
Engaging the Writings of the New Testament

Mary F. Foskett and O. Wesley Jr. Allen, eds.
(Abingdon Press , 2008)
The writers of the New Testament had a powerful experience of the living, crucified, and resurrected Christ that required a complete reinterpretation of the world and their place in it. The worshiping community today has an ongoing experience of the spirit of Christ that leads it back, time and again, to the texts of the New Testament, seeking to understand the meaning of that experience.
Beyond Revenge:
The Equal-Regard Family and Its Friendly Critics:
Beyond Revenge:
The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct

Michael E. McCullough
(Jossey-Bass, 2008)
The Equal-Regard Family and Its Friendly Critics:
Don Browning and the Practical Theological Ethics
of the Family (Religion, Marriage, and Family

John Witte Jr.,
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007)
Why is revenge such a pervasive and destructive problem? How can we create a future in which revenge is less common and forgiveness is more common? Psychologist Michael McCullough argues that the key to a more forgiving, less vengeful world is to understand the evolutionary forces that gave rise to these intimately human instincts and the social forces that activate them in human minds today. This volume is both a celebration and an evaluation of the work on sex, marriage, and family life by Don S. Browning, the dean of modern family studies in theological ethics and practical theology. Scholars probe a number of Browning's contributions, particularly his call for an ethic of "equal regard" within the household and wider society.
American Religions and the Family:
Toward a Theory of Human Rights:
American Religions and the Family:
How Faith Traditions Cope with
Modernization and Democracy

Don S Browning and David A Clairmont, eds.
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
Toward a Theory of Human Rights:
Religion, Law, Courts

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2007)
In this unique collection of critical essays, scholars of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Native American thought explore the tension between modernization and the family, sexuality, and marriage traditions of major religions in America. Neither the morality of human rights nor its relation to the law of human rights is well understood. In this book, Michael Perry addresses three large issues: o There is undeniably a religious ground - indeed, more than one religious ground - for the morality of human rights. But is there a nonreligious (secular) ground for the morality of human rights? o What is the relation between the morality of human rights and the law of human rights?
The Teachings of Modern Orthodox Christianity
The Teachings of Modern Protestantism
The Teachings of Modern Orthodox Christianity
on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

John Witte Jr. and Frank S. Alexander, eds.
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
The Teachings of Modern Protestantism
on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

John Witte Jr. and Frank S. Alexander, eds.
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
The Teachings of Modern Orthodox Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature examines how modern Orthodox Christian thinkers have answered the most pressing political, legal, and ethical questions of our time. It discusses the enduring teachings of important Orthodox Christian intellectuals of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.The Teachings of Modern Protestantism on Law, Politics, and Human Nature examines how modern Protestant thinkers have answered the most pressing political, legal, and ethical questions of our time. It discusses the enduring teachings of important Protestant intellectuals of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The Teachings of Modern Protestantism
Public Pulpits: Methodists
The Teachings of Modern Protestantism
on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

John Witte Jr. and Frank S. Alexander, eds.
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
Public Pulpits: Methodists
and Mainline Churches in the
Moral Argument of Public Life

Steven M Tipton
(University of Chicago Press, 2003)
The Teachings of Modern Roman Catholicism on Law, Politics, and Human Nature examines how modern Catholic thinkers have answered the most pressing political, legal, and ethical questions of our time. It discusses the enduring teachings of important Catholic intellectuals of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Here, Steven M. Tipton examines the political activities of Methodists and mainline churches in this groundbreaking investigation into a generation of denominational strife among church officials, lobbyists, and activists. The result is an unusually detailed and thoughtful account that upends common stereotypes while asking searching questions about the contested relationship between church and state.
To Have and to Hold: Marrying
Happiness: Classic and Contemporary Readings
To Have and to Hold: Marrying
and its Documentation in
Western Christendom, 400-1600

Philip Lyndon Reynolds and John Witte, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Happiness: Classic and Contemporary Readings
in Philosophy

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano, eds.
(Oxford University Press , 2007)
This 2007 book analyzes how, why, and when pre-modern Europeans documented their marriages - through property deeds, marital settlements, dotal charters, church court depositions, wedding liturgies, and other indicia of marital consent. The authors consider both the function of documentation in the process of marrying and what the surviving documents say about pre-modern marriage and how people in the day understood it.Happiness has long been a focus of attention for philosophers as well as psychologists. This volume, the only collection devoted to the subject from the standpoint of philosophy, offers twenty-seven classic and contemporary readings exploring the nature of happiness. Part
Religious Pluralism and Human Rights in Europe:
Witnessing Their Faith:
Religious Pluralism and Human Rights in Europe:
Where to Draw the Line?

T Loenen and J E Goldschmidt, 2007
(Antwerpen : Intersentia, 2007)
Witnessing Their Faith:
Religious Influence on
Supreme Court Justices and Their Opinions

Jay Sekulow
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)
'How should we deal with religious pluralism in contemporary Europe from a human rights perspective and where should we draw the line, if any?' This was the central question of an expert seminar held in 2006 at Utrecht University to celebrate the inaugural address of Abdullahi An-Na'im, who occupied the G.J. Wiarda Chair at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) in 2005/2006When it was ratified in 1791, the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States sought to protect against two distinct types of government actions that interfere with religious liberty: the establishment of a national religion and interference with individual rights to practice religion
Authorizing Marriage?
Islam and Human Rights -
Authorizing Marriage?
Canon, Tradition, and Critique
in the Blessing of Same-Sex Unions

Mark D. Jordan, Meghan T. Sweeney and David M. Mellott, eds.
(Princeton University Press, 2006)
Islam and Human Rights -
Advocacy for Social Change in Local Contexts

Mashood A Baderin
(Global Media Publications, 2006)
The opponents of legal recognition for same-sex marriage frequently appeal to a "Judeo-Christian" tradition. But does it make any sense to speak of that tradition as a single teaching on marriage? Are there elements in Jewish and Christian traditions that actually authorize religious and civil recognition of same-sex couples? And are contemporary heterosexual marriages well supported by those traditions?This new book explores the relationship between human rights and Islam, with the objective of helping people within Muslim societies promote and protect human rights from an Islamic perspective.
Universalism vs. Relativism:
God's Joust, God's Justice:
Universalism vs. Relativism:
Making Moral Judgments in a
Changing, Pluralistic, and Threatening World

Don S Browning
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)
God's Joust, God's Justice:
Law and Religion in the Western Tradition

John Witte
(W.B. Eerdmans, 2006)
In formulating this collection, Don Browning asked his contributors to respond to a simple question: Has moral relativism run its course? The threats of terrorism, reproductive technology, and globalization have forced us to ask anew whether there are universal moral truths upon which to base political and ethical judgments. In this timely edited collection, distinguished scholars present and test the best answers to this question. There are three things that people will die for -- their faith, their freedom, and their family. This volume focuses on all three, including the interactions among them, in the Western tradition and today. Retrieving and reconstructing a wealth of material from the earliest Hebrew and Greek texts of the West to the latest machinations of the Supreme Court, John Witte explores the legal and theological foundations of authority and liberty, equality and dignity, rights and duties, marriage and family, crime and punishment, and similar topics.
Law in Public Health Practice, 2nd Edition
Rediscovering the Natural Law
Law in Public Health Practice, 2nd Edition
Richard A. Goodman et al
(Oxford University Press, 2006)
Rediscovering the Natural Law
in Reformed Theological Ethics

Stephen John Grabill
(W.B. Eerdmans, 2006)
Continually changing health threats, technologies, science, and demographics require that public health professionals have an understanding of law sufficient to address complex new public health challenges as they come into being. Law in Public Health Practice, Second Edition provides a thorough review of the legal basis and authorities for the core elements of public health practice and solid discussions of existing and emerging high-priority areas where law and public health intersect.Is knowledge of right and wrong written on the human heart? Do people know God from the world around them? Does natural knowledge contribute to Christian doctrine? While these questions of natural theology and natural law have historically been part of theological reflection, the radical reliance of twentieth-century Protestant theologians on revelation has eclipsed this historic connection.
Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church:
The Meaning of Marriage:
Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church:
Crisis and Renewal:
The Church in the 21st Century

Lisa Sowle Cahill, John H Garvey and T Frank Kennedy
(Herder & Herder Book/Crossroad, 2006)
The Meaning of Marriage:
Family, State, Market, and Morals

"Robert P. George and Jean Bethke Elshtain, eds.
(Spence Publishing Company)
No issue in the contemporary Church evokes more controversy than sexuality. In the wake of the clerical abuse scandals, the Catholic Church has come under intense scrutiny, criticized for being either too repressive or too lenient in its approach to human sexuality. The movement for same-sex marriage has triggered an unprecedented crisis in the social norms and laws governing marriage. All great civilizations have sought to unite, in the institution of marriage, the goods of sexual intimacy, childbearing and childrearing, and life-long love between adults. But the last five decades have witnessed the erosion of marriage as a public institution in the developed world. The separation of the goods previously united in marriage has led thoughtful people to question why marriage should be denied to homosexuals.
Hebrews: A Commentary
Christian Ethics and the Moral Psychologies
Hebrews: A Commentary
Luke Timothy Johnson
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2006)
Christian Ethics and the Moral Psychologies
Don S. Browning
(William B. Eerdmans, 2006)
This volume of the New Testament Library offers a thorough and careful commentary on the complicated book of Hebrews, showing its meaning within the context of ancient culture and the theological development of the early church. Written by one of the leading New Testament scholars of the present generation, this commentary offers remarkable insights into the Hellenistic, Roman, and Jewish contexts of the book of Hebrews.Interest in psychology permeates our culture, with psychological solutions advanced for a host of moral dilemmas. How should ethically minded Christians include insights from such disciplines as psychoanalysis, cognitive moral development, and neuroscience in their theological reflection?
The Teachings of Modern Christianity
Family Transformed:
The Teachings of Modern Christianity
on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

John Witte Jr. and Frank S. Alexander, eds.
(Columbia University Press, 2005)
Family Transformed:
Religion, Values, and Society
in American Life

Steven M. Tipton and John Witte Jr., eds.
(Georgetown University Press, 2005)
The first volume examines modern Christian thinkers' views on the most pressing political, legal, and ethical questions of our time. The essays present a vital new understanding of the diversity and richness of modern Christian legal and political thought from 1880 to the present. Statistics on the American family are sobering. From 1975 to 2000, one-third of all children were born to single mothers, and one-half of all marriages ended in divorce. While children from broken homes are two to three times more likely to develop behavioral and learning difficulties, two-parent families are not immune to problems.
Covenant Marriage in Comparative Perspective
Marriage, Sex and Family in Judaism
Covenant Marriage in Comparative Perspective
John Witte and Eliza Ellison
(W.B. Eerdmans, 2005)
Marriage, Sex and Family in Judaism
Michael J Broyde and Michael Ausubel, eds.
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 )
Covenant marriages requiring premarital counseling and tighter strictures on divorce have recently emerged in some American states. At the same time, the doctrine of covenant has reemerged in religious circles as a common way to map the spiritual dimensions of marriage. Marriage, Sex and Family in Judaism explores Jewish marriage from historical and contemporary perspectives, focusing on the religious and legal concepts of marriage, and the social impact of family in the Jewish community.
Marriage Proposals:
The Morality Of Adoption:
Marriage Proposals:
Questioning a Legal Status

Anita Bernstein
(New York University Press, 2005)
The Morality Of Adoption:
Social-Psychological, Theological,
and Legal Perspectives

Timothy P Jackson
(W.B. Eerdmans, 2005)
The essays in Marriage Proposals envision a variety of scenarios in which adults would continue to join themselves together seeking permanent companionship and sustenance, linking sexual intimacy to a long commitment, usually caring for each other, and building new families.In this uniquely interdisciplinary book, Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant contributors wrestle with such concrete issues as the psychology of family ties, the advisability of cross-cultural adoption, the morality of single-parent adoption, and the new concept of embryo adoptions.
Marriage Proposals:
The Morality Of Adoption:
Marriage Proposals:
Questioning a Legal Status

Anita Bernstein
(New York University Press, 2005)
The Morality Of Adoption:
Social-Psychological, Theological,
and Legal Perspectives

Timothy Jackson
(W.B. Eerdmans, 2005)
The essays in Marriage Proposals envision a variety of scenarios in which adults would continue to join themselves together seeking permanent companionship and sustenance, linking sexual intimacy to a long commitment, usually caring for each other, and building new families. he Religion, Marriage, and Family Series investigates marriage and family as major theological and cultural issues. Given that both society and the church have debated these topics intensely but have actually studied them very little, this series attempts to correct recent theological neglect of these important matters.
Sex, Marriage, and Family in World Religions
Sex, Marriage, and Family Life
Sex, Marriage, and Family in World Religions
Don Browning, M. Christian Green, and John Witte Jr
(Columbia University Press, 2005)
Sex, Marriage, and Family Life
in John Calvin's Geneva:
Courtship, Engagement, and Marriage

John Witte Jr., and Robert M Kingdon, eds.
(W.B. Eerdmans, 2005)
Spanning thousands of years, this new collection brings together writings and teachings about sex, marriage, and family from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions. The volume includes traditional texts as well as contemporary materials showing how the religions have responded to the changing conditions and mores of modern life.You would not expect this from his dour reputation, but John Calvin transformed the Western understanding of sex, marriage, and family life. In this fascinating, even sensational, volume John Witte and Robert Kingdon treat comprehensively the new theology and law of domestic life that Calvin and his fellow reformers established in sixteenth-century Geneva.
Religion in Global Civil Society
Mexican immigration to the U.S. southeast:
Religion in Global Civil Society
Mark Juergensmeyer
(Oxford University Press, 2005)
Mexican immigration to the U.S. southeast:
impact and challenges

Mary E Odem and Elaine Cantrell Lacy, eds.
(Instituto de Mexico: Consulado General de Mexico en Atlanta, 2006)
The extraordinary changes in world society at the beginning of the 21st century have involved religion to a degree that would have amazed earlier observers of modernity. Within the past decade religion has been associated with some of the world's most strident forms of political encounter, including new movements of nationalism, the clerical leadership of political sects, and the religiously motivated acts of terrorism.This volume addresses the dramatic increase in the Mexican immigrant population in the U.S. Southeast over the last two decades.
Covenant Marriage in Comparative Perspective
Comparative perspectives on Shari¿ah in Nigeria
Covenant Marriage in Comparative Perspective
John Witte and Eliza Ellison, eds.
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005)
Comparative perspectives on Shari¿ah in Nigeria
Philip Ostien, Jamila M Nasir, and Franz Kogelmann, eds.
(Spectrum Books, 2005)
Covenant marriages requiring premarital counseling and tighter strictures on divorce have recently emerged in some American states. At the same time, the doctrine of covenant has reemerged in religious circles as a common way to map the spiritual dimensions of marriage. Covenant Marriage in Comparative Perspective brings together eminent scholars from Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Islamic religious traditions as well as experts on American covenant marriage. A timely publication when the need for greater understanding between Islamic and Western cultures is sharper than ever, the papers in this book are the result of an international conference entitled 'the Shari'ah debate and the shaping of Muslim and Christian identities in Northern Nigeria'. The conference was convened by the University of Jos in northern Nigeria in the wake of the religious/civil strife in the area in 2001 and 2002. T
Early New England: A Covenanted Society
The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law,  Politics, and Human Nature, Volume I
Early New England: A Covenanted Society
David A. Weir
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005)
The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature, Volume I
John Witte Jr.
(Columbia University Press, 2005 )
The idea of covenant was at the heart of early New England society. In this singular book David Weir explores the origins and development of covenant thought in America by analyzing the town and church documents written and signed by seventeenth-century New Englanders. Unmatched in the breadth of its scope, this study takes into account all of the surviving covenants in all of the New England colonies. Divided into two volumes, The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature offers a landmark collection of writings from twenty leading Christian thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and analyses of their work by leading contemporary religious scholars.
Blessing Same-Sex Unions
Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law:
Blessing Same-Sex Unions
THE PERILS OF QUEER ROMANCE
AND THE CONFUSIONS OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE

MARK D. JORDAN
(University of Chicago Press, 2005)
Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law:
Perspectives on Reform

Lynn Welchman
(Zed Books Ltd, 2004)
At most church weddings, the person presiding over the ritual is not a priest or a pastor, but the wedding planner, followed by the photographer, the florist, and the caterer. This volume explores the present-day realities of Islamic family law, with particular emphasis on the rights of women. Three contrasting country cases have been selected: Egypt, the most populous Arab state with a constitutional clause on the place of "principles of the shari`a" as the principal source of legislation.
Telling Truths in Church:
The Ten Commandments in History:
Telling Truths in Church:
Scandal, Flesh, and Christian Speech

Mark D. Jordan
(Beacon Press, 2004)
The Ten Commandments in History:
Mosaic Paradigms for a Well-Ordered Society

Paul Grimley Kuntz and Thomas D'Evelyn, eds.
(Wm.B. Eerdmans, 2004)
Foreword by Marion Leathers Kuntz / Paul Grimley Kuntz was a deeply religious man who not only found religious profundity in the Decalogue but also was convinced that it offers the most reasonable paradigm for a well-ordered society. Decrying the loss of the true meaning of the Decalogue in modern times, Kuntz spent the last decade of his life preparing this book, his magnum opus, on the Decalogue. In his research and writing he left no stone unturned, considering the Decalogue and the history of its use from every conceivable angle.Foreword by Marion Leathers Kuntz / Paul Grimley Kuntz was a deeply religious man who not only found religious profundity in the Decalogue but also was convinced that it offers the most reasonable paradigm for a well-ordered society. Decrying the loss of the true meaning of the Decalogue in modern times, Kuntz spent the last decade of his life preparing this book, his magnum opus, on the Decalogue. In his research and writing he left no stone unturned, considering the Decalogue and the history of its use from every conceivable angle.
Facilitating Freedom of Religion or Belief: A Deskbook
Religion and International Law
Facilitating Freedom of Religion or Belief: A Deskbook
Tore Lindholm, W Cole Durham, Jr., and Bahia Tahzib-Lie, eds.
(Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2004)
Religion and International Law
Mark W. Janis and Carolyn Evans, eds.
(Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2004)
As the world enters the 21st Century, the challenges in implementing freedom of religion or belief grow more complex and more acute. How can the internationally recognized norms regarding freedom of religion or belief be meaningful for all ¿ women and men, majorities and minorities, established religions and new religious movements, parents and children? One of the great tasks, perhaps the greatest, weighing on modern international lawyers is to craft a universal law and legal process capable of ordering relations among diverse people with differing religions, histories, cultures, laws, and languages. In so doing, we need to take the world's peoples as we find them and not pretend out of existence their wide variety.
Power over the Body, Equality in the Family:
Does Christianity Teach Male Headship?
Power over the Body, Equality in the Family:
Rights and Domestic Relations in Medieval Canon Law

Charles J. Reid Jr.
(W.B. Eerdmans, 2004)
Does Christianity Teach Male Headship?
The Equal-Regard Marriage and Its Critics

"Don S. Browning, David Blankenhorn, and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwe, eds.
(Wm. B. Eerdmans )
The term "conjugal rights" has long characterized ways of speaking about marriage both in the canonistic tradition and in the secular legal systems of the West. This book explores the origins and dimensions of this concept and the range of meanings that have attached to it from the twelfth century to the present. This is not just another book on the perennial issue of male headship. In contrast to those many who regard Christianity as the great source of male domination, this book argues that authentic Christianity does not teach that husbands have spiritual superiority over their wives, and its authors listen to and engage voices that still claim that it does.
Brother of Jesus: Friend of God
The Autonomy Myth:
Brother of Jesus: Friend of God
Luke Timothy Johnson
(Wm. B. Eerdmans , 2004)
The Autonomy Myth:
A Theory of Dependency

Martha Albertson Fineman
(The New Press, 2004)
The letter of James has enjoyed a colorful history, with its background and significance widely debated over the centuries. In this book an outstanding scholar of the New Testament offers new and selected studies of James that show its roots in antiquity and its importance for Christian history and theology.With the controversy over gay marriages grabbing national headlines, traditional conceptions of family in American society have become subject to increasingly fierce debate. In The Autonomy Myth, influential and always provocative legal theorist Martha Albertson Fineman expands the terms of the debate even further to argue for public policy that reflects the realities of how we live together.
Women and Land in Africa:
Under God?: religious faith and liberal democracy
Women and Land in Africa:
Culture, Religion and
Realizing Women's Rights

L. Muthoni Wanyeki
(Zed Books Ltd, 2003 )
Under God?: religious faith and liberal democracy
Michael Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2003 )
This volume reports on ongoing original research into the changing situations which rural African women are experiencing in relation to land rights. Undertaken with an explicitly political intention, its authors came together in order to link research and analysis with advocacy and action--the purpose being to contribute toward equalizing gender relations in Africa and promoting the ability of African women to achieve a greater measure of economic independence as well as other human rights.Michael J. Perry has become well-known as a commentator on the role of faith in the public life of a liberal democracy over the past twelve years. Perry argues in this new book that political reliance on religious faith violates neither the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution nor, more broadly, the morality of liberal democracy. However, he also believes that religious believers sometimes have good reasons to be wary about relying on religious beliefs in making political decisions.
Marriage and same-sex unions: a debate
The Encyclopedia of Christianity:
Marriage and same-sex unions: a debate
Lynn D Wardle
(Praeger, 2003)
The Encyclopedia of Christianity:
Volume 3 (J-O)

Erwin Fahlbusch and Geoffrey W Bromiley, eds.
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2003 )
This book exemplifies the high quality of thoughtful discussion and debate that is possible on the issue of same-sex marriage. Authors are paired to address and respond to a particular topic, one in favor of state recognition of same-sex relationships, and one in favor of limiting state recognition to those relationships that have been traditionally recognized as marriages.The Encyclopedia of Christianity is a monumental reference work that addresses the broad interest in Christianity and religion around the world today. Comprehensive, up to date, reflecting the highest standards in scholarship yet intended for a wide range of readers, the EC describes the Christian faith and community in their myriad forms today and throughout the 2,000 years of Christian history.
Law and Revolution, II:
In Defense of Human Dignity
Law and Revolution, II:
The Impact of the Protestant Reformations
on the Western Legal Tradition

Herold J. Berman
(Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003)
In Defense of Human Dignity
Robert P. Kraynak; Glenn Tinder, eds.
(University of Notre Dame, 2003)
Harold Berman's masterwork narrates the interaction of evolution and revolution in the development of Western law. This new volume explores two successive transformations of the Western legal tradition under the impact of the sixteenth-century German Reformation and the seventeenth-century English Revolution, with particular emphasis on Lutheran and Calvinist influences. Representing diverse viewpoints, the authors of this volume explore what is meant by ¿human dignity¿ and related notions, such as the ¿sanctity of life.¿ The authors not only defend human dignity ¿ drawing upon principles from Kantian ethics, theories of human rights, the Bible, and Christian theology ¿ they also examine the limitations and problems of misguided conceptions of human dignity
Islamic Family Law in a Changing World:
Reweaving the Social Tapestry:
Islamic Family Law in a Changing World:
A Global Resource Book

¿Abd All¿h A¿mad Na¿¿m
(Zed Books, 2002)
Reweaving the Social Tapestry:
Toward a Public Philosophy and Policy for Families

Don S. Browning and Gloria G. Rodriguez, eds.
(W.W. Norton & Company Inc., 2002 )
More than a billion Muslims have their lives in such matters as marriage, divorce, maintenance, paternity and the custody of children governed by certain aspects of the Shari'a, commonly known as Islamic Family Law, but identical principles do not apply everywhere. The practical application of the Shari'a principles is often modified by theological differences of interpretation, a country's particular customary practices and state policy and law. This book documents the scope and manner of application of Islamic Family Law worldwide.A careful consideration of the place of families in our national fabric. Families can play a pivotal role in bringing America to greater unity, but even the definition of "family" can be divisive. The authors seek to identify the underlying values in these debates, find common ground among diverse traditions, and clarify the supporting roles of government, business, and civil society.
Protecting the Human Rights
Religion, politics, and the American experience:
Protecting the Human Rights
of Religious Minorities in Eastern Europe

Peter G. Danchin and Elizabeth A. Cole, eds.
(Columbia University Press, 2002)
Religion, politics, and the American experience:
reflections on religion and American public life

Edith Waldvogel Blumhofer
(University of Alabama Press, 2002)
The ousting of the communist regimes has not guaranteed the protection of human rights. The historical reality is that discrimination against minority religious and ethnic groups is often part of a broader monolithic nationalism. As official atheism is replaced by varying models of church-state arrangements, how much will the rule of law prevail against resurgent nationalism and intolerance toward minorities? Chief among the essay topics are the evangelical roots of American political life; early conflicts between Enlightenment thinking and spiritual impulses in developing a national identity; the practical problems that today's politicians face in campaigning; the impact of constitutional and legal language regarding our definitions of religion; and the way the media's treatment of our spiritual life frames our perceptions of it. These thought-provoking essays will inspire readers to rethink, argue, perhaps act, but most important, to converse about this timely and important issue.
Marriage: just a piece of paper?
Law and Protestantism:
Marriage: just a piece of paper?
Katherine Anderson, Don S Browning, and Brian Boyer, eds.
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2002)
Law and Protestantism:
The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation

John Witte
(Cambridge University Press, 2002)
"Almost everyone aspires to marriage something these books go to some lengths to explain, albeit in completely different ways. As the title suggests, I Like Being Married is an unabashed celebration of marriage; it's fluff but enjoyable fluff. Leach, executive director of Orbis Books, and Borchard, author of the children's book series "The Emerald Bible Collection," have collected bits and pieces quotes, stories, traditions, and even top-ten lists that show why people take pleasure in matrimony. The Lutheran Reformation of the early sixteenth century brought about immense and far-reaching change in the structures of church and state, and in religious and secular ideas. This book investigates the relationship between the law and religious ideology in Luther's Germany, showing how they developed in response to the momentum of Lutheran teachings and influence.
Caritas Et Reformatio:
The Child in Christian Thought
Caritas Et Reformatio:
Essays on Church and Society
in Honor of Carter Lindberg

Carter Lindberg and David M Whitford, eds.
(Concordia Academic Press, 2002)
The Child in Christian Thought
Marcia J. Bunge
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001)
270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cmThis volume offers the first major survey of the history of Christian thought on children. Each chapter, written by an expert in the field, discusses the particular perspectives on children held by influential theologians and Christian movements throughout church history, asking what resources they can contribute to a sound contemporary view of childhood and child-rearing. Intended for all readers, this needed book will be a valuable resource for laying the foundation for a new, more meaningful Christian view of childhood today.
The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics
The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics
Robin Gill
(Cambridge University Press, 2001)
This book is written by leading international experts in Christian ethics and is aimed at students in upper-level undergraduate courses, at teachers and at graduate students. It will be useful as well to ministers and other professionals within the church. Its eighteen chapters provide a thorough introduction to Christian ethics that is both authoritative and up-to-date. All contributors have been chosen because they are significant scholars with a proven track record of balanced, comprehensive and comprehensible writing.