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New Release: Great Christian Jurists in German History
By CSLR | Emory Law | Jul 28, 2020 12:07:00 AM

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is excited to announce the release of Great Christian Jurists in German History. Published by Mohr Siebeck and edited by Mathias Schmoeckel and John Witte, Jr., this volume sheds new light on the leading Catholic and Protestant churchmen and statesmen who shaped Christianity and German law in the second millennium.

This volume is part of a 50-volume series on “Great Christian Jurists,” presenting the interaction of law and Christianity through the biographies of 1000 legal figures of the past two millennia. Great Christian Jurists in German History presents 26 major German legal scholars from Albert the Great and Eike von Repgow in the Middle Ages to Konrad Adenauer and Stephan Kuttner in the twentieth century. Each chapter analyzes the influence of Christianity on their lives and legal work and sketches their enduring influence on the laws of church and state. Featuring freshly written chapters, this is the first overview in English of the relationship of Christianity and German law in the second millennium. Included are studies of both famous and long forgotten Catholics and Protestants, and both martyrs and collaborators with Nazism and earlier forms of state autocracy. Authoritative, accessible, and engaging, this study is a vital scholarly resource and classroom text.

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  1. Ken Pennington, “Johannes Teutonicus (ca. 1170/75–1245)”
  2. Tilman Repgen, “Eike von Repgow (ca. 1180–1235) and the Christian Character of his Sachsenspiegel”
  3. Sven Lichtmann/Hannes Möhle, “Albertus Magnus (before 1200–1280) Natural Law as Law of Reason and its Significance for the Political Order”
  4. Mathias Schmoeckel, “Johann von Buch (1290–1356) and the First Gloss of the Mirror of the Saxons”
  5. Gero Fuchs, “Conrad Peutinger (1465–1547)”
  6. John Witte Jr., “The Good Lutheran Jurist Johann Oldendorp (ca. 1486–1567)”
  7. Wolfgang Forster, “Andreas Gail (1526–1587)”
  8. Heiner Lück, “Matthew Wesenbeck (1531–1586): Professor of Jurisprudence in Wittenberg”
  9. Cornel Zwierlein, “Johannes Althusius (1563–1638)”
  10. Pascal Förster, “Dominicus Arumäus (1579–1637)”
  11. Mathias Schmoeckel, “Benedict Carpzov the Younger (1595–1666)”
  12. Robert von Friedeburg, “Samuel von Pufendorf (1632–1694)”
  13. Steffen Schlinker, “Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716)”
  14. Christoph Strohm, “Christian Thomasius (1655–1728)”
  15. Sebastian Michels, “Carl Gottlieb Svarez (1746–1798)”
  16. Joachim Rückert, “Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779–1861)”
  17. Steffen Schlinker, “Karl Friedrich Eichhorn (1781–1854)”
  18. Hans-Georg Hermann, “’Rescued from Scylla, to be thrown to Charybdis’: Religious Conviction and the Separation of Church and State in the Works of Sylvester Jordan (1792–1861)”
  19. Hans-Peter Haferkamp, “Moritz August von Bethmann-Hollweg (1795–1877)”
  20. Heinrich de Wall, “Friedrich Julius Stahl (1802–1861)”
  21. Malte Becker, “Max von Seydel (1846–1901)”
  22. Andreas Their, “Rudolph Sohm (1841–1917)”
  23. Konrad Adenauer, “Konrad Adenauer (1876–1967)”
  24. Werner Schubert, “Hans Nawiasky (1880–1961)”
  25. Joachim Rückert, “Eugen Bolz (1881–1945) Jurisprudence, Dictatorship, and the Responsibilities of a Jurist and Christian”
  26. Ken Pennington, “Stephan Georg Kuttner (1907–1996)”