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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.
Children and Childhood
Children and Childhood in American Religions
Children and Childhood
in World Religions

Don S. Browning and Marcia J. Bunge, eds.
(Rutgers University Press, 2009 )
Children and Childhood in American Religions
Don S. Browning and Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, eds.
(Rutgers University Press, 2009 )
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. 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.
What is Right for the Children?
'Til Death or Distance Do Us Part:
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 )
'Til Death or Distance Do Us Part:
Love and Marriage
in African America

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

Douglas Laycock
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2009 )
Latino Immigrants
and the
Transformation of the U.S. South

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

Russel E. Richey
(Kingwood Books/ Abingdon, 2009 )
Islam and the Secular State:
Negotiating the Future of Shari'a

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

David J. Bederman
(Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Spiritual Weapons:
The Cold War
and the Forging of American National Religion

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

Michael E. McCullough
(Jossey-Bass, 2008 )
Children, Youth, and Spirituality
in a Troubling World

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

Aristotle Papanikolaou and Elizabeth H. Prodromou, eds.
(St. Valdimir Press, 2008)
Constitutional Rights,
Moral Controversy,
and the Supreme Court

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

John Witte, Jr. and Joel A. Nicholas
(Cambridge University Press, 2008 )
Christianity and Law:
An Introduction

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

April L. Bogle and Ginger Pyron
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007)
The Pursuit of Justice and Jewish Law:
Halakhic Perspectives on the Legal Profession

Michael J. Broyde
(Yashar Books, 2007)
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? 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
Crisis in the Village:
Love and Marriage in Early African America
Francis Smith Foster, ed.
(Northeastern University Press, 2007)
Crisis in the Village:
Restoring Hope
in African American Communities

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

Brooks E. Holifield
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007)
Suing for America's Soul:
John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute, and
Conservative Christians in the Courts

Jonathan R. Moore
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007)
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. 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.
The Mystery of the Child
God and Government in the Ghetto:
The Mystery of the Child
Martin E. Marty
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007)
God and Government in the Ghetto:
The Politics of Church-State Collaboration
in Black America

Michael Leo Owens
(University of Chicago Press, 2007)
"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.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.
Toward a Theory of Human Right:
To Have and to Hold:
Toward a Theory of Human Right:
Religion, Law, Courts

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2007 )
To Have and to Hold:
Marrying and its Documentation
in Western Christendom

Philip L. Reynolds and John Witte, Jr., eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2007 )
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? 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: Rethinking and Imperiled Ideal
Pubic Pulpits:
Liberty: Rethinking and Imperiled Ideal
Glenn Tinder
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007 )
Pubic Pulpits:
Methodist and Mainline Churches
in the Moral Argument of Public Life

Steven M. Tipton
(University of Chicago Press, 2007)
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.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?
The Reformation of Rights:
The Equal-Regard Family and its Friendly Critics:
The Reformation of Rights:
Law, Religion and Human Rights
on Early Modern Calvinism

John Witte, Jr.
(University of Chicago Press, 2007)
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 )
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.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.
The Teachings of Modern Christianity
Witnessing Their Faith:
The Teachings of Modern Christianity
on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander
(Columbia University Press, 2005)
Witnessing Their Faith:
Religious Influence on Supreme
Court Justices and Their Opinions

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

L. Muthoni Wanyeki
(Zed Books Ltd, 2003)
Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law:
Perspectives on Reform

Lynn Welchman
(Zed Books Ltd, 2004)
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. 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.
The Child in Christian Thought
The Cambridge Companion
The Child in Christian Thought
Marcia J. Bunge
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001)
The Cambridge Companion
to Christian Ethics

Robin Gill
(Cambridge University Press, 2001)
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. 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.
Family Transformed:
The Vocation of the Child
Family Transformed:
Religion, Values, and Society
in American Life

Steven M. Tipton and John Witte, Jr.
(Georgetown University Press, 2005)
The Vocation of the Child
Patrick M. Brennan
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008)
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. 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?
Authorizing Marriage?
We the People:
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)
We the People:
the Fourteenth Amendment
and the Supreme Court

Michael J. Perry
(Oxford University Press, 1999)
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? 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.
The Weightier Matters of the Law:
Islamic Family Law in a Changing World:
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)
Islamic Family Law in a Changing World:
a Global Resource Book

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Zed Books, 2002)
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," 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.
Christianity and Law:
Thinking Through Faith:
Christianity and Law:
an Introduction

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander
(Columbia University Press, 2008)
Thinking Through Faith:
New Perspectives from
Orthodox Christian Scholars

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

John Witte, Jr. and Eliza Ellison
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005)
Marriage, Sex, and Family
in Judaism

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

Don S. Browning and David A. Clairmont
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
What Is Right for Children?:
The Competing Paradigms of
Religion and Human Rights

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

Anita Bernstein
(New York University Press, 2005)
Christianity and Democracy
in Global Context

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

Paul E. Sigmund
(Orbis Books, 1999)
Islam and Human Rights:
Advocacy for Social
Change in Local Contexts

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

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2003)
Universalism vs. Relativism:
Making Moral Judgments in a
Changing, Pluralistic, and Threatening World

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

Annemie Dillen
(Conference Publication, 2009)
Toward a Theory of Human Rights:
Religion, Law, Courts

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2007)
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" makes a significant contribution both to human rights studies and to constitutional theory.
Human Rights and Religious Values:
Marriage and Same-Sex Unions:
Human Rights and Religious Values:
An Uneasy Relationship

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Rodopi, 1995)
Marriage and Same-Sex Unions:
a Debate

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

Abdullahi Ahmed An-naim and Francis M. Deng
(Brookings Institution Press, 2010)
Religious Human Rights in Global Perspective:
Religious Perspectives, Volume 1

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

Joan Lockwood O'Donovan
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1991)
New Directions in Islamic Thought:
Exploring Reform and Muslim Tradition

Kari Vogt, Lena Larsen, and Christian Moe
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
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. 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.
Religious Liberty in Western Thought
The Teachings of Modern Orthodox
Religious Liberty in Western Thought
W. Cole Durham, Jr. and Noel B. Reynolds
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1996)
The Teachings of Modern Orthodox
Christianity on Law, Politics,
and Human Nature

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

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

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
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.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.
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
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004)
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? Paul Kuntz surveys how the teachings of the Ten Commandments have been reflected in the works of philosophers from Philo Judaeus to Nietzsche.
God's Joust, God's Justice:
A Standard for Repair:
God's Joust, God's Justice:
Law and Religion in the Western tradition

John Witte, Jr.
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2006)
A Standard for Repair:
the Establishment Clause, Equality,
and Natural Rights

T. Jeremy Gunn
(Garland, 1992)
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.
State-Sponsored Proselytization:
Law in Public Health Practice,
State-Sponsored Proselytization:
A South African Experience

Johan D. van der Vyver
(Emory University School of Law, 2000)
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)
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. 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.
The Morality of Adoption:
The Law Applied:
The Morality of Adoption:
Social-Psychological, Theological,
and Legal Perspectives

Timothy P. Jackson
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005)
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)
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.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.
Islam and Human Rights:
Church Autonomy:
Islam and Human Rights:
Advocacy for Social Change
in Local Contexts

Mashood A. Baderin
(Global Media, 2006)
Church Autonomy:
a Comparative Survey

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

Don Browning, M. Christian Green, and John Witte, Jr.
(Columbia University Press, 2005)
Sex, Marriage, and Family
in John Calvin's Geneva

John Witte, Jr. and Robert M Kingdon
(Wm. 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. 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.
Religious Pluralism, Globalization,
Proselytism and Orthodoxy in Russia:
Religious Pluralism, Globalization,
and World Politics

Thomas F. Banchoff
(Oxford University Press, 2008)
Proselytism and Orthodoxy in Russia:
The New War for Souls

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

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Orbis Books, 1999)
Religion Contemporary Liberalism
Paul J. Weithman
(University of Notre Dame Press, 1997)
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? 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.
Reweaving the Social Tapestry:
Religious Liberty in Western Thought
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)
Religious Liberty in Western Thought
Noel B. Reynolds and W. Cole Durham, Jr.
(Scholars Press, 1996)
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.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.
Religion in Global Civil Society
Religion in Politics:
Religion in Global Civil Society
Mark Juergensmeyer
(Oxford University Press, 2005)
Religion in Politics:
Constitutional and Moral Perspectives

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

Tore Lindholm, W. Cole Durham, Jr., and Bahia Tahzib-Lie
(Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2004)
Religion and International Law
Mark W. Janis and Carolyn Evans
(Columbia University Press, 2000)
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.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.
Religion, Beliefs, and
Mexican Immigration to the
Religion, Beliefs, and
International Human Rights

Natan Lerner
(Orbis Books, 2000)
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 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. 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.
The Child in Christian Thought
Rediscovering the Natural Law
The Child in Christian Thought
Marcia J. Bunge
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001)
Rediscovering the Natural Law
in Reformed Theological Ethics

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

Steven M .Tipton
(University of Chicago Press, 2007)
Sharing the Book:
Religious Perspectives on the
Rights and Wrongs of Mission

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

Charles J. Reid
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004)
Political Order and
the Plural Structure of Society

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

Eric S. Gregory
(University of Chicago Press, 2008)
Protecting the Human Rights
of Religious Minorities
in Eastern Europe

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

Edith Waldvogel Blumhofer
(University of Alabama Press, 2002)
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)
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. "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.
Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms:
Covenant Marriage in
Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms:
a Study in the Development of
Reformed Social Thought

David VanDrunen
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010)
Covenant Marriage in
Comparative Perspective

John Witte, Jr. and Eliza Ellison
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005)
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.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 New Global Law
More Lasting Unions: Christianity,
The New Global Law
Rafael Domingo
(Cambridge University Press, 2010)
More Lasting Unions: Christianity,
the Family, and Society

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

Russell Richey
(Board of Higher Education & Ministry, The UMC, 2009)
Sharing the Book:
Religious Perspectives on the Rights
and Wrongs of Proselytism

John Witte, Jr. and Richard C. Martin
(Orbis Books, 1999)
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. 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.
To Have and to Hold: Marrying
Marriage: Just a Piece of Paper?
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)
Marriage: Just a Piece of Paper?
Katherine Anderson, Don S. Browning, and Brian Boyer
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2002)
This 2007 volume analyzes how, why, and when pre-modern Europeans documented their marriages."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.
Lex Charitatis:
The Meaning of Marriage:
Lex Charitatis:
a Juristic Disquisition on Law
in the Theology of Martin Luther

Johannes Heckel and Gottfried G. Krodel
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010)
The Meaning of Marriage:
Family, State, Market, and Morals

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

Erwin Fahlbusch and Geoffrey W. Bromiley
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2003)
Fiat Iustitia:
Essays in Memory of
Oliver Deneys Schreiner

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

John Witte, Jr.
(Cambridge University Press, 2002)
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)
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. 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.
Law and Revolution:
La Banalité Du Bien Et Du Mal
Law and Revolution:
the Formation of the Western
Legal Tradition

Harold J. Berman
(Harvard University Press, 1983)
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)
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. 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.
Islam and the Secular State:
Islamic Studies:
Islam and the Secular State:
Negotiating the Future of Shari`a

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Harvard University Press, 2010)
Islamic Studies:
a History of Religions Approach

Richard C. Martin
(Prentice Hall, 1996)
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 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.
Islam and Human Rights,
The Idea of Natural Rights:
Islam and Human Rights,
Collected Essays in Law

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Routledge, 2010)
The Idea of Natural Rights:
Studies on Natural Rights, Natural
Law, and Church Law 1150-1625

Brian Tierney
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1997)
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. 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.
Implementation of International
The Idea of Human Rights:
Implementation of International
Law in the United States

Johan D. van der Vyver
(Peter Lang, 2010)
The Idea of Human Rights:
Four Inquiries

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

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano
(Oxford University Press, 2007)
Hebrews: A Commentary
Luke Timothy Johnson
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2006)
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. 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.
Comparative Perspectives
Georgia Real Estate Finance
Comparative Perspectives
on Shari'ah in Nigeria

Philip Ostien, Jamila M. Nasir, and Franz Kogelmann
(Spectrum Books, 2005)
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)
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 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.
Religious Pluralism and Human
The Praeger Handbook of Religion
Religious Pluralism and Human
Rights in Europe: Where to Draw the Line?

T. Loenen and J. E. Goldschmidt
(Antwerpen: Intersentia, 2007)
The Praeger Handbook of Religion
and Education in the United States

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

Harold J. Berman
(Scholars Press, 1993)
Emotion and Memory in Development:
Biological, Cognitive, and Social Considerations

Jodi A. Quas and Robyn Fivush
(Oxford University Press, 2009)
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.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.
The Ethics of Sex
Caritas Et Reformatio:
The Ethics of Sex
Mark D. Jordon
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2001)
Caritas Et Reformatio:
Essays on Church and Society
in Honor of Carter Lindberg

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

David A. Weir
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005)
Doctrine in Experience:
A Methodist Theology of
Church and Ministry

Russell E. Richey
(Kingswood Books, 2009)
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.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.
Does Christianity Teach Male Headship?
Defenders of Reason in Islam:
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)
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)
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. 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.
Constitutional Rights,
The Classical Foundations of the
Constitutional Rights,
Moral Controversy,
and the Supreme Court

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2009)
The Classical Foundations of the
American Constitution: Prevailing Wisdom

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

Don S. Browning
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2006)
The Cambridge Guide to Jewish
History, Religion, and Culture

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

Luis E. Lugo
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000)
Blessing Same-Sex Unions:
The Perils of Queer Romance and the
Confusions of Christian Marriage

Mark D. Jordan
(University of Chicago Press, 2005)
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.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.
The Book of Marriage
Brother of Jesus:
The Book of Marriage
Dana Mack and David Blankenhorn
(Simon & Schuster, 2001)
Brother of Jesus:
Friend of God

Luke Timothy Johnson
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004)
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.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.
Building Cultures of Trust
The Autonomy Myth:
Building Cultures of Trust
Martin E. Marty
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010)
The Autonomy Myth:
A Theory of Dependency

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

Mary F. Foskett and O. Wesley Allen, Jr.
(Abingdon Press, 2008)
In Defense of Human Dignity
Robert P. Kraynak and Glenn Tinder
(Universit of Notre Dame, 2003)
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. 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.
Beyond Revenge:
African Constitutionalism
Beyond Revenge:
The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct

Michael D. Greaney
(Jossey-Bass, 2008)
African Constitutionalism
and the Role of Islam

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Westview Press, 1993)
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? 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.
And Nothing But the Truth
Ministers of the Law
And Nothing But the Truth
Jay Sekulow and Keith Fournier
(Thomas Nelson, 1996)
Ministers of the Law
A Natural Law Theory
of Legal Authority

Jean Porter
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010)
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.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.