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CSLR Announces New Publication on Law and Christianity
By CSLR | Emory Law | Jul 20, 2020 12:07:00 AM

Great Christian Jurists in American History released with Cambridge Press

CSLR is excited to announce the release of Great Christian Jurists in American History, an essential new volume edited by David L. Dreisbach and Mark David Hall.

This volume explores the intersection of law and Christianity, examining the impact of Christianity on North American life from the colonial era until today. Each chapter in this volume focuses on a specific Christian jurist from the centuries spanning America’s history; highlighting jurists from the time of English settlements in the early seventeenth century, to the American life and law of the twenty-first century.

Produced by leading scholars in the field of law and religion, Great Christian Jurists in American History discusses the individuals who have made notable impacts on law, whether that be constitutional, case, and statutory law, or the philosophy of law. Thus, in this volume, “jurists” refer to the men and women who have significantly influenced law, regardless of whether they were judges, scholars, legislators, or legal practitioners, or if their professional roles were not as directly related to law. By highlighting nineteen of the most influential jurists in American history, this book provides an overview of the role of Christianity in American jurisprudence and is sure to be an essential source for academics and researchers in related fields.

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Table of Contents:


Introduction: Christianity and American Law
Daniel L. Dreisbach


1. John Cotton and Roger Williams 

Glenn A. Moots 

2. John Winthrop and the Covenantal Ideal 

Darren Staloff 

3. Friendly Laws: William Penn’s Christian Jurisprudence

Andrew R. Murphy

4. The Friendly Jurisprudence and Early Feminism of John Dickinson

Jane E. Calvert

5. Roger Sherman, Oliver Ellsworth, and the Formation of America’s Constitutional Order

Mark David Hall

6. John Jay: The First Chief Justice

Wendell Bird

7. James Wilson

Donald L. Drakeman

8. Was Justice Joseph Story a Christian Constitutionalist? 

James R. Stoner, Jr.

9. Harvard’s Evangelist of Evidence: Simon Greenleaf’s Christian Common Sense

Daniel David Blinka

10. John Marshall Harlan the Elder

Linda Przybyszewski

11. Judicial Conservatism and Protestant Faith: The Case of Justice David J. Brewer

Linda Przybyszewski

12. John T. Noonan, Jr.: Catholic Jurist and Judge 

Charles J. Reid, Jr.

13. The Integrative Christian Jurisprudence of Harold J. Berman

John Witte, Jr.

14. Antonin Scalia: Devout Christian; Worldly Judge?

Thomas C. Berg

15. The Insights and Transitions of Mary Ann Glendon 

Paolo G. Carozza 

16. A Reformed Liberalism: Michael McConnell’s Contributions to Christian Jurisprudence

Nathan S. Chapman

17. The Jurisprudence of Robert P. George

Gerard V. Bradley