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Agape, Justice, and Law
Christianity and Family Law:
Agape, Justice, and Law
How Might Christian Love
Shape Law?

Robert F. Cochran, Jr. and Zachary R. Calo, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Christianity and Family Law:
An Introduction

John Witte, Jr. and Gary S. Hauk, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Philosopher Jeffrie Murphy asks what law would be like if the value of Christian love informed its principles and organization. This book brings together leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to answer that question. Examining the relationship between love and law in scripture, theology, and jurisprudence, they apply their insights to contemporary issues of law and international relations.This volume introduces readers to the enduring and evolving Christian norms and teachings on betrothals and weddings; marriage and divorce; women's and children's rights; marital property and inheritance; and human sexuality and intimate relationships.
Christianity and Natural Law:
Great Christian Jurists
Christianity and Natural Law:
An Introduction

Norman Doe
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Great Christian Jurists
in English History

Mark Hill and R. H. Helmholz, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
This book provides not only the history of natural law ideas across mainstream Christian traditions worldwide, but also an ecumenical comparison of the contemporary natural law positions of different traditions. Its focus is not solely theoretical: it tests the practical utility of natural law by exploring its use in the legal systems of the churches studied.The Great Christian Jurists series comprises a library of national volumes of detailed biographies of leading jurists, judges and practitioners, assessing the impact of their Christian faith on the professional output of the individuals studied. Adopting a long historical perspective, this volume also explores the lives of judges whose practice in or conception of law helped to shape the Church, its law or the articulation of its doctrine.
Calvin's Political Theology and the
Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts,
Calvin's Political Theology and the
Public Engagement of the Church:
Christ's Two Kingdoms

Matthew J. Tuininga
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts,
and Christian Panels

Michael J. Broyde
(Oxford University Press, 2017)
In Calvin's Political Theology and the Public Engagement of the Church, Matthew J. Tuininga explores a little appreciated dimension of John Calvin's political thought, his two kingdoms theology, as a model for constructive Christian participation in liberal society. This book explores why religious people and communities are increasingly turning to faith-based dispute resolution to arbitrate their litigious disputes.
Global Political Morality:
Legalizing Plural Marriage:
Global Political Morality:
Human Rights, Democracy,
and Constitutionalism

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Legalizing Plural Marriage:
The Next Frontier in Family Law

Mark Goldfeder
(University Press of New England, 2017)
Perry addresses several related questions in human rights theory, political theory, and constitutional theory. He cites constitutional controversies such as capital punishment, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, and abortion. In the radically changing and increasingly multicultural world in which we live, the time has come to define polygamous marriage and address its legal feasibilities. Goldfeder does not argue the right or wrong of plural marriage, he maintains that polygamy is the next step after same-sex marriage in the development of U.S. family law.
The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty
A Concise Book
The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty
Richard Hooker, the Puritans,
and Protestant Political Theology

W. Bradford Littlejohn
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2017)
A Concise Book
of Jewish Law
for Converts

Michael J. Broyde
(Urim Publications, 2017)
How do Christians determine to obey God when that means disobeying human authorities? 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. Expounding Hooker¿s remarkable attempt to balance liberty and authority in the church, state, and conscience, Littlejohn draws pertinent implications for Christian liberty and politics today. Broyde explores many topics and questions that revolve around the life of a Jewish convert. Such topics include the place of a convert in a Jewish community according to Jewish law, the treatment of a convert with respect to acceptance and discrimination, and providing affirmative incentives to converts.
Christianity and Freedom
Christianity and Freedom
Christianity and Freedom
Volume 1
Historical Perspectives

Timothy Samuel Shah, Allen D. Hertzke, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
Christianity and Freedom
Volume 2
Contemporary Perspectives

Allen D. Hertzke and Timothy Samuel Shah, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
Leading historians uncover the unappreciated role of Christianity in the development of basic human rights and freedoms from antiquity through today.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.
God and the Secular Legal System
How Marriage Became
God and the Secular Legal System
Rafael Domingo
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
How Marriage Became
One of the Sacraments

Philip L. Reynolds
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
This timely book offers a theistic approach to secular legal systems and demonstrates that these systems are neither agnostic nor atheist. Among the contributions of the medieval church to Western culture was the concept of marriage as one of the seven sacraments. This magisterial volume offers readers an accessible and thorough guide to a theological reflection that shaped the life of married Christians for centuries.
The Distinctiveness of Religion
Political Agape: Christian Love
The Distinctiveness of Religion
in American Law: Rethinking
Religious Jurisprudence

Kathleen A. Brady
(Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Political Agape: Christian Love
and Liberal Democracy

Timothy P. Jackson
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2015)
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. Jackson argues that unconditional love of God and neighbor is the perilously neglected civil virtue of our time¿and that society must consider love even before justice and liberty in structuring political principles and policies. Drawing on rich stories of history and theology, Jackson offers timely and original analysis of questions about life, death, marriage, and family.
The Western Case for Monogamy
Acts of Aggresion and
The Western Case for Monogamy
Over Polygamy

John Witte, Jr.
(Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Acts of Aggresion and
Prosecuting the Crime
of Aggression

Johan D. van der Vyver
(Lambert Academic Publishing, 2015)
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, he concludes that the Western historical case against polygamy remains compelling and urges Western nations to hold fast for monogamy.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.
Pope Benedict XVI's Legal
Justice in Love
Pope Benedict XVI's Legal
Thought: A Dialogue on The
Foundation of Law

Marta Cartable and Andrea Simoncini, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Justice in Love
Nicholas Wolterstorff
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2015)
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. Love and justice have long been prominent themes in the moral culture of the West, yet they are often considered to be deeply at odds with one another. In this book acclaimed Christian philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff argues that the commonly perceived tension between justice and love reveals something faulty in our understanding of each.
Political Agape:
The Codification of Jewish Law
Political Agape:
Christian Love and Liberal Democracy

Timothy P. Jackson
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2015)
The Codification of Jewish Law
and an Introduction to the
Jurisprudence of the Mishnah Berurah

Michael Broyde and Ira Bedzow
(Academic Studies Press, 2014)
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. Jackson then explores what "political agape" might look like when applied to such issues as the death penalty, same-sex marriage, and adoption. In the prolific outpouring of works by the influential Polish Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan, the Mishnah Berurah, or ¿clarified teachings,¿ is, without a doubt, his greatest and most complex contribution to the canon of Orthodox Jewish Law. A singular work, it synthesizes Jewish traditions, laws, and mores into a practical halakhic guide to daily religious life.
What Is an American Muslim?:
Secular Government, Religious People
What Is an American Muslim?:
Embracing Faith and Citizenship

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Oxford University Press, 2014)
Secular Government, Religious People
Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2014
(Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle )
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.Through a comprehensive treatment of constitutional themes, historical concerns, and contemporary controversies, Lupu and Tuttle break through the unproductive American debate over competing for religious rights. They present an original theory that makes the secular character of the American government, rather than individual freedoms, the foundation of religious liberty in the United States. Along the way, they correct many misinterpretations of the First Amendment.
Divine Covenants and Moral Order
Law and Language: Effective Symbols of Community
Divine Covenants and Moral Order
A Biblical Theology of Natural Law

David Vandrunen
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2014)
Law and Language: Effective Symbols of Community
Harold J. Berman, John Witte, Christopher J. Manzer, and Tibor Várady
(Cambridge University Press, 2013)
This book addresses the old question of natural law in its contemporary context. David VanDrunen draws on both his Reformed theological heritage and the broader Christian natural law tradition to develop a constructive theology of natural law through a thorough study of Scripture.Completed in 1964, Harold J. Berman¿s long-lost track shows how properly negotiated, translated and formalized legal language is essential to fostering peace and understanding within local and international communities. Exemplifying interdisciplinary and comparative legal scholarship long before they were fashionable, it is a fascinating prequel to Berman's monumental Law and Revolution series.
Human Rights in the Constitutional Law
Hopes for Better Spouses
Human Rights in the Constitutional Law
of the United States

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2013)
Hopes for Better Spouses
A. G. Roeber
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2013)
This book explicates the morality of human rights and elaborates three internationally recognized human rights that are embedded in U.S. constitutional law: the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment; the right to moral equality; and the right to religious and moral freedom. Contemporary ideas about marriage still echo ancient disputes over whether the relationship requires norms of submission or, instead, friendship and a mutual pursuit of holiness. Studying material culture, broadsides, hymns, sermons, correspondence, and legal cases in Europe, Asia, and North America, Roeber unearths the roots of a debate that still preoccupies international Protestantism and its Catholic and Orthodox critics and observers.
Debating Christian Theism
Marriage and Divorce in a Multicultural Context
Debating Christian Theism
J. P. Moreland, Khaldoun A. Sweis, and Chad V. Meister
(Oxford University Press, 2013)
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)
Comprising groundbreaking dialogues by many of the most prominent scholars in Christian apologetics and the philosophy of religion, this volume offers a definitive treatment of central questions of Christian faith. The essays are ecumenical and broadly Christian, in the spirit of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, and feature lucid and up-to-date material designed to engage readers in contemporary theistic and Christian issues. BeginningAmerican family law assumes that the state possesses sole authority over marriage and divorce and that only civil law should regulate such matters. Nichols argues that both assumptions are wrong. This book begins an important conversation about whether more pluralism in family law is desirable¿for example, through use of religious tribunals to decide family law disputes, or through stricter divorce rules implemented by covenant marriages.
From Sacrament to Contract
Understanding Liberal Democracy
From Sacrament to Contract
2nd enlarged ed

John Witte, Jr.
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2012)
Understanding Liberal Democracy
Nicholas P. Wolterstorff
(Oxford University Press 2012)
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.During his long and eminent career, philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff has developed a novel perspective on the relationship between political philosophy and religion. This book presents many of his influential earlier essays alongside nine new ones, in which he pursues original lines of argument and stakes out new positions regarding the nature of liberal democracy, human rights, and political authority.
Balancing Freedom, Autonomy and
No Establishment of Religion:
Balancing Freedom, Autonomy and
Accountability in Education, Volume 1

Charles L. Glenn, Jan De Groof, and Cara Stillings Candal
(Wolf Legal Publishers, 2012)
No Establishment of Religion:
America's Original Contribution
to Religious Liberty

T. Jeremy Gunn and John Witte
(Oxford University Press, 2012)
Freedom, autonomy, and accountability form the basis of many approaches to education, but policy makers do not always attend to the tensions among these ideas. Teacher accountability may trump student freedom or school autonomy, or accountability may be sacrificed to wider student choices or greater school authority. Contributors to this volume argue that wise design and implementation can produce a successful balance. The First Amendment guarantee that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" rejected the millennium-old Western policy of supporting one form of Christianity in each nation and subjugating all other faiths. The exact meaning and application of this American innovation, however, has always proved elusive.
The Mystical as Political:
The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness
The Mystical as Political:
Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy

Aristotle Papanikolaou
(University of Notre Dame Press, 2012)
The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness
Brent A. Strawn
(Oxford University Press, 2012)
In The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy, Aristotle Papanikolaou argues that a political theology grounded in the principle of divine-human communion must be one that unequivocally endorses a political community that is democratic in a way that structures itself around the modern liberal principles of freedom of religion, the protection of human rights, and church-state separation.This groundbreaking volume, which includes twelve essays from scholars of the New Testament, the Old Testament, systematic theology, practical theology, and counseling psychology-along with an extensive introduction and epilogue by the editor-poses a new and exciting question: what is happiness according to the Bible? Informed by developments in positive psychology, the contributions explore representations of happiness throughout the Bible and demonstrate the ways in which they impinge upon both religious and secular understandings of happiness.
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 and 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 and the
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.
Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not
Adam Smith as Theologian
Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not
Robert N. McCauley
(Oxford University Press, 2011)
Adam Smith as Theologian
Paul Oslington
(Routledge, 2011)
The battle between religion and science, competing methods of knowing ourselves and our world, has been raging for many centuries. Now scientists themselves are looking at cognitive foundations of religion--and arriving at some surprising conclusions. Adam Smith wrote in a Scotland where Calvinism, Continental natural law theory, Stoic philosophy, and the Newtonian tradition of scientific natural theology were key to the intellectual lives of his contemporaries. But what impact did these ideas have on Smith's system? What was Smith¿s understanding of nature, divine providence, and theodicy?
Sharing Possessions:
Sharing Possessions:
What Faith Demands, Second Edition

Luke Timothy Johnson
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2011)
This book is written as an exercise in theological reflection on one of the knottiest questions imaginable: the connection between being a Christian and the way we own and use things.