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The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty
Christianity and Freedom
The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty
Richard Hooker, the Puritans,
and Protestant Political Theology

W. Bradford Littlejohn
(Wm. B Eerdmans )
Christianity and Freedom
Volume 1
Historical Perspectives

Timothy Samuel Shah, Allen D. Hertzke, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
How do Christians determine when to obey God even if that means disobeying human authorities? In this book W. Bradford Littlejohn addresses that question, with particular attention to the magisterial political-theological work of Richard Hooker, a leading figure in the sixteenth-century English Reformation. Leading historians uncover the unappreciated role of Christianity in the development of basic human rights and freedoms from antiquity through today.
Christianity and Freedom
God and the Secular Legal System
Christianity and Freedom
Volume 2
Contemporary Perspectives

Allen D. Hertzke, Timothy Samuel Shah, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
God and the Secular Legal System
Rafael Domingo
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
Volume 2 of Christianity and Freedom illuminates how Christian minorities and transnational Christian networks contribute to the freedom and flourishing of societies across the globe, even amidst pressure and violent persecution.This timely book offers a theistic approach to secular legal systems and demonstrates that these systems are neither agnostic nor atheist.
How Marriage Became
The Distinctiveness of Religion
How Marriage Became
One of the Sacraments

Philip L. Reynolds
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
The Distinctiveness of Religion
in American Law: Rethinking
Religious Jurisprudence

Kathleen A. Brady
(Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Among the contributions of the medieval church to western culture was the idea that marriage was one of the seven sacraments, which defined the role of married folk in the church. In recent decades, religion's traditional distinctiveness under the First Amendment has been challenged by courts and scholars. As America grows more secular and as religious and nonreligious convictions are increasingly seen as interchangeable, many have questioned whether special treatment is still fair.
Political Agape: Christian Love
The Western Case for Monogamy
Political Agape: Christian Love
and Liberal Democracy

Timothy P. Jackson
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2015)
The Western Case for Monogamy
Over Polygamy

John Witte, Jr.
(Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Timothy Jackson here argues that agapic love of God and neighbor is the perilously neglected civil virtue of our time -- and that it must be considered even before justice and liberty in structuring political principles and policies. Witte analyzes the historical claims that polygamy is biblical, natural, and useful alongside modern claims that anti-polygamy laws violate personal and religious freedom. While giving the arguments pro and con a full hearing, Witte concludes that the Western historical case against polygamy remains compelling and urges Western nations to hold the line on monogamy.
Acts of Aggresion and
Pope Benedict XVI's Legal
Acts of Aggresion and
Prosecuting the Crime
of Aggression

Johan D. van der Vyver
(Lambert Academic Publishing, 2015)
Pope Benedict XVI's Legal
Thought: A Dialogue on The
Foundation of Law

Marta Cartable and Andrea Simoncini, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2015)
There was a time when taking up arms as a means of resolving international disputes was commonplace in the world. More recently, the international community of states has attempted to restrict armed conflicts to certain defined circumstances only; yet, acts of aggression still seem to prevail in this day and age. This book discusses the speeches in which the Pope Emeritus reflected most explicitly on this issue, along with the commentary from a number of distinguished legal scholars. It responds to Benedict's invitation to engage in public discussion on the limits of positivist reason in the domain of law from his address to the Bundestag.
The Codification of Jewish Law
What Is an American Muslim?:
The Codification of Jewish Law
and an Introduction to the
Jurisprudence of the Mishna Berura

Michael Broyde and Ira Bedzow
(Academic Studies Press, 2014)
What Is an American Muslim?:
Embracing Faith and Citizenship

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Oxford University Press, 2014)
The Mishna Berura is, without a doubt, Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan's greatest and most complex contribution to the canon of Orthodox Jewish Law; it is a singular work that synthesizes Jewish traditions, laws, and mores into a practical halakhic guide to daily religious life.Is it possible to be both fully American and devoutly Muslim? Even within the Muslim community many leaders urge believers to integrate more fully into the mainstream of American life.
Marriage and Divorce in a Multicultural Context
From Sacrament to Contract
Marriage and Divorce in a Multicultural Context
Multi-Tiered Marriage and the Boundaries
of Civil Law and Religion

Joel A. Nichols, ed.
(Cambridge University Press, 2012)
From Sacrament to Contract
2nd enlarged ed

John Witte, Jr.
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2012)
American family law makes two key assumptions, both of which are wrong. This book elaborates on how those assumptions are descriptively incorrect, and it begins an important conversation about whether more pluralism in family law is normatively desirable. John Witte, Jr. offers a study of five conflicting models of marriage--Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, Anglican, and Enlightenment--and their social and political impact over the last thousand years.
Muslims and Global Justice
Intelligent Virtue
Muslims and Global Justice
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)
Intelligent Virtue
Julia E. Annas
(Oxford University Press, 2011)
An-Na'im opens this collection of essays with a chapter on Islamic ambivalence toward political violence, showing how Muslims began grappling with this problem long before the 9/11 attacks. Other essays highlight the need to improve the cultural legitimacy of human rights in the Muslim world.Intelligent Virtue presents a distinctive new account of virtue and happiness as central ethical ideas. Annas argues that exercising a virtue involves practical reasoning of a kind which can illuminatingly be compared to the kind of reasoning we find in someone exercising a practical skill.
Contending with Catastrophe:
Called to Happiness:
Contending with Catastrophe:
Jewish Perspectives
on September 11th

Michael J. Broyde, ed.
(American Press, 2011)
Called to Happiness:
Where Faith and Psychology Meet

Sidney Callahan
(Orbis Books, 2011)
The tragic events of September 11, 2001 shook the world, permanently changing the lives of millions of people. Over the past decade, in the wake of 9/11, the Jewish community has looked to its tradition for guidance on how to react to these horrific attacks, both intellectually and in practice.A renowned psychologist and spiritual teacher shows us how the pursuit of happiness and the path to holiness lead to the same destination: wholeness and healing.
The Best Love of the Child:
Recruiting Young Love:
The Best Love of the Child:
Being Loved and Being taught to Love
as the First Human Right

Timothy Jackson, ed.
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2011)
Recruiting Young Love:
How Christians Talk
About Homosexuality

Mark D. Jordan
(Chicago Press, 2011)
In this volume, twenty scholars from across sociological, psychological, historical, philosophical, theological, and legal disciplines argue that the right of children to be loved can best be fulfilled by teaching them how to love others.Mark D. Jordan explores more than a half century of American church debate about homosexuality to show that the arguments and assumptions have changed remarkably.
Religious Liberty:
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's
Religious Liberty:
Volume Two
The Free Exercise Clause

Douglas Laycock
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2011)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's
Letters and Papers from Prison;
A Biography

Martin E. Marty
(Princeton University Press, 2011)
In this second volume of the comprehensive collection of his writings on religious liberty, he has compiled articles, amicus briefs, and court documents relating to regulatory exemptions under the Constitution, the right to church autonomy, and the rights of non-mainstream religions.A Lutheran pastor and theologian, Bonhoeffer spent two years in Nazi prisons before being executed at age thirty-nine, just a month before the German surrender, for his role in the plot to kill Hitler.
The Ascent of Christian Law:
Religion,
The Ascent of Christian Law:
Patristic and Byzantine Reformations
of Antique Civilization

John McGuckin
(St. Vladimir Press, 2011)
Religion,
the Enlightenment,
and the New Global Order

Judd J. Owen, John M. Owen IV, eds.
(Columbia University Press, 2011)
This work asks the question: What did Christianity do to build a civilization? This little book is some form of answer. It is a book on law and legal thought as it emerged in its formative ages of the Christian past; it asks what the ancient writers and theorists did with law and legal thought. In nine original essays, leading scholars ask whether exporting the Enlightenment solution is possible or even desirable today. Contributors begin by revisiting the Enlightenment's restructuring of the West, examining its ongoing encounters with Protestant and Catholic Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism.
The Hidden Gifts of Helping:
Christianity and Human Rights:
The Hidden Gifts of Helping:
How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope
Can Get Us Through Hard Times

Stephen G. Post
(Jossey-Bass, 2011)
Christianity and Human Rights:
An Introduction

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2011)
The world's religions affirm it to be so and recent research across a number of disciplines tell us that helping others not only benefits those we assist but is good for us as well.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.
Religion and Human Rights:
Religion
Religion and Human Rights:
An Introduction

John Witte, Jr. and Joel A. Nicholas, eds.
(Oxford University Press, 2011)
Religion
and the
American Constitutional Experiment

John Witte, Jr. and Joel A. Nichols
(Westview Press, 2011)
The most comprehensive survey to date of religion and human rights, including both Western and Eastern traditions and the increasingly important category of indigenous religions.The third edition of this classic book provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary overview of the history, theory, law, and comparative analysis of American religious liberty from the earliest colonial period through the most recent Supreme Court cases.