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African Constitutionalism
Setting the Table
African Constitutionalism
and the Role of Islam

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006)
Setting the Table
An Introduction to the Jurisprudence of Rabbi Yechiel Mikhel Epstein’s Arukh haShulhan

Michael J. Broyde and Shlomo Pill
(Academic Studies Press, 2020)
An-Na'im discusses the problems of implementing constitutionalized forms of government specific to Africa, from definitional to conceptual and practical issues.This book explains the major jurisprudential factors driving the halakhic jurisprudence of Rabbi Yehiel Mikhel Epstein, twentieth-century author of the Arukh Hashulchan—the most comprehensive, seminal, and original modern restatement of Jewish law since Maimonides. Reasoning inductively from a broad review of hundreds of rulings from the Orach Chaim section of the Arukh Hashulchan, the book teases out and explicates ten core halakhic principles that animate Rabbi Epstein’s halakhic decision-making. Along the way, it compares the Arukh Hashulchan methodology to that of the Mishna Berura. This book will help any reader understand important methodological issues in both Jewish and general jurisprudence.
First Name: Abdullahi
Last Name: Ahmed An-Na'im
First Name: Michael J.
Last Name: Broyde
Law, Religion and the Environment in Africa
Sex in the Garden: Consensual Encounters Gone Bad
Law, Religion and the Environment in Africa
M. Christian Green and Muhammad Haron, eds.
(African Sun Media, 2020)
Sex in the Garden: Consensual Encounters Gone Bad
Michael J. Broyde, Reuven Travis
(Wipf and Stock, 2019)
This volume explores themes of ecotheology, ecofeminism, environmental pollution and degradation, climate change, human and environmental rights, sustainable development, human-animal relations through totem and taboo, sacred sites and spaces, and other environmental topics in ways that add immeasurably to the study of African environmentalisms and the interaction of law and religion. In terms of religion, the capability of humans not only to sin and destroy the earth, but also to repair and redeem it, is very much in evidence across Christianity, Islam and Africa’s many indigenous religious and cultural traditions. In terms of law, the need for effective policies and for states and governments to work with indigenous groups and communities towards environmental solutions is also apparent.In the #MeToo times in which we live, there are few hard and fast rules that govern personal encounters and sexual liaisons. Consent, so long as it is neither coerced nor forced, dictates all. Astute students of the Bible will see this aspect of our current social milieu reflected in the book of Genesis. Genesis is not a book about laws. There are no “thou shall” or “thou shall not” commandments given over by God to humanity. Instead, its narrative depicts the cultures of its time as operating on personal choices and personal freedoms.
First Name: M. Christian
Last Name: Green
First Name: Michael J.
Last Name: Broyde
Great Christian Jurists in German History
Great Christian Jurists in American History
Great Christian Jurists in German History
Mathias Schmoeckel, John Witte Jr.
(Mohr Siebeck, 2020)
Great Christian Jurists in American History
David L. Dreisbach, Mark David Hall
(Cambridge University Press, 2019)
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 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. Authoritative, accessible, and engaging, this study is a vital scholarly resource and classroom text.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.
First Name: Mathias
Last Name: Schmoeckel
First Name: Daniel L.
Last Name: Dreisbach
Law and the Christian Tradition in Italy
Christianity and Criminal Law
Law and the Christian Tradition in Italy
The Legacy of the Great Jurists

Orazio Condorelli, Rafael Domingo
(Routledge, 2020)
Christianity and Criminal Law
Mark Hill QC, Norman Doe, RH Helmholz, and John Witte, Jr
(Routledge, 2020)
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. Law and the Christian Tradition in Italy: The Legacy of Christian Jurists presents 26 chapters and biographical case studies on major Italian scholars from Irnerius and Gratian in the early twelfth century to Pope Paul VI of the Second Vatical Council. Included are studies of famous civilians, notable jurists, and other lesser-known scholars worthy of global attention. This book is essential reading for all interested in the historical intersections of law and religion and their contemporary consequences.This collection presents historical, theological, philosophical and legal perspectives on Christianity and criminal law. The book is divided into four thematic sections. Part I addresses the historical contributions of Christianity to criminal law drawing on biblical sources, early church fathers and canonists, as far as the Enlightenment. Part II, titled Christianity and the principles of criminal law, compares crime and sin, examines concepts of mens rea and intention, and considers the virtue of due process within criminal justice. Part III looks at Christianity and criminal offences, considering their Christian origins and continuing relevance for several basic crimes that every legal system prohibits. Finally, in Part IV, the authors consider Christianity and the enforcement of criminal law, looking at defences, punishment and forgiveness.
First Name: Orazio
Last Name: Condorelli
First Name: Mark
Last Name: Hill QC
Great Christian Jurists in French History
Christianity and Global Law
Great Christian Jurists in French History
Olivier Descamps and Rafael Domingo
(Cambridge University Press, 2019)
Christianity and Global Law
Rafael Domingo and John Witte, Jr.
(Routledge, 2020)
French legal culture, from the Middle Ages to the present day, has had an impressive influence on legal norms and institutions that have emerged in Europe and the Americas, as well as in Asian and African countries. This volume examines the lives of twenty-seven key legal thinkers in French history, with a focus on how their Christian faith and ideals were a factor in framing the evolution of French jurisprudence. Professors Olivier Descamps and Rafael Domingo bring together this diverse group of distinguished legal scholars and historians to provide a unique comparative study of law and religion that will be of value to scholars, lawyers, and students. The collaboration among French and non-French scholars, and the diversity of international and methodological perspectives, gives this volume its own unique character and value to add to this fascinating series.This book explores both historical and contemporary Christian sources and dimensions of global law and includes critical perspectives from various religious and philosophical traditions. Two dozen leading scholars discuss the constituent principles of this new global legal order historically, comparatively, and currently. Together, they insist that Christianity, as one of the world’s great religions, has deep norms and practices, ideas and institutions, prophets and procedures that can be of benefit as the world struggles to find global legal resources to confront humanity’s greatest challenges.
First Name: Olivier
Last Name: Descamps
First Name: Rafael
Last Name: Domingo
Islam and Human Rights:
Islam and the Secular State:
Islam and Human Rights:
Selected Essays of
Abdullahi An-Na'im

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Ashgate, 2010)
Islam and the Secular State:
Negotiating the Future of Shari'a

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Harvard University Press, 2008)
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.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.
First Name: Abdullahi
Last Name: Ahmed An-Na'im
First Name: Abdullahi
Last Name: Ahmed An-Na'im
Muslims and Global Justice
What Is an American Muslim?
Muslims and Global Justice
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)
What Is an American Muslim?
Embracing Faith and Citizenship

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Oxford University Press, 2014)
In Muslims and Global Justice, he advances the theme of global justice from an Islamic perspective, critically examining the role that Muslims must play in the development of a pragmatic, rights-based framework for justice.Since 2001, there has been a tremendous backlash against the very idea that it is possible to be both American and Muslim-the controversy over the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" and the attempts to ban shari'a law are examples. Is it possible to be both fully American and devoutly Muslim?
First Name: Abdullahi Ahmed
Last Name: An-Na'im
First Name: Abdullahi Ahmed
Last Name: An-Na'im
Inter-Religious Marriages among Muslims:
The Morality of Happiness
Inter-Religious Marriages among Muslims:
Negotiating Religious and Social Identity in Family and Community

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Global Media Publications, 2005)
The Morality of Happiness
Julia Annas
(Oxford University Press, 2009)
Discourse on interfaith marriages in India at present involves diverse narratives ranging from opposition and resistance to acceptance. These alliances deserve greater focus in terms of their uniqueness, challenges as well as everyday negotiations that form part of their lives.Ancient ethical theories, based on the notions of virtue and happiness, have struck many as an attractive alternative to modern theories. But we cannot find out whether this is true until we understand ancient ethics--and to do this we need to examine the basic structure of ancient ethical theory, not just the details of one or two theories.
First Name: Abdullahi Ahmed
Last Name: An-Na'im
First Name: Annas
Last Name: Julia
The Collected Writings of Harold J. Berman:
Law and Language:
The Collected Writings of Harold J. Berman:
Essays, Articles, and Unpublished Manuscripts (1938-2008)

Harold J. Berman
(Emory University School of Law, 2009)
Law and Language:
Effective Symbols of Community

Harold J. Berman
(Cambridge University Press, 2013)
Completed in 1964, Harold J. Berman's long-lost tract shows how properly negotiated, translated and formalised 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.
First Name: Harold
Last Name: Berman
First Name: Harold
Last Name: Berman
The Nature and Functions of Law,
The Distinctiveness of Religion in American Law:
The Nature and Functions of Law,
7th ed.

Harold J. Berman
(Foundation Press/Thomson, 2009)
The Distinctiveness of Religion in American Law:
Rethinking Religion Clause Jurisprudence

Kathleen A. Brady
(Cambridge University Press, 2015)
This book focuses on the special character of law in performing certain social functions. Presented are the salient aspects of criminal and civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, aspects of judicial reasoning on the basis of precedents, especially in cases of manufacturer's liability in tort, certain aspects of the law of contracts, and aspects of international human rights law, including race law, and gender law, both at the national and international level-not in order to present a composite picture of the whole legal system but in order to test the success of the legal system in carrying out its basic purposes.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. In its recent decisions, the Supreme Court has made clear that religion will continue to be treated differently, but we lack a persuasive account of religion's uniqueness that can justify this difference.
First Name: Harold
Last Name: Berman
First Name: Kathleen
Last Name: Brady
The Vocation of the Child
Equality and the Family:
The Vocation of the Child
Patrick M. Brennan
(William B. Eerdmans, 2008)
Equality and the Family:
A Fundamental Practical Theology
of Children, Mothers, and Fathers in Modern Societies.

Don S. Browning
(William B. Eerdmans, 2007)
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, Distinguished jurist, Patrick McKinley Brennan has gathered sixteen authors to approach this idea in various ways, from historical to psychological to theological.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? Don Browning offers a serious proposal for combining these disciplines with the best in ethical reflection from a Christian standpoint.
First Name: Patrick
Last Name: Brennan
First Name: Don
Last Name: Browning
Children and Childhood in World Religions
American Religions and the Family:
Children and Childhood in World Religions
Don S. Browning and Marcia J. Bunge, eds.
(Rutgers University Press, 2011)
American Religions and the Family:
How Faith Traditions Cope
with Modernization and Democracy

Don S. Browning and David A. Clairmont, eds.
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
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.Religions respond to capitalism, democracy, industrialization, feminism, individualism, and the phenomenon of globalization in a variety of ways. Some religions conform to these challenges, if not capitulate to them; some critique or resist them, and some work to transform the modern societies they inhabit.
First Name: Don
Last Name: Browning
First Name: Don
Last Name: Browning
Sex, Marriage, and Family
Children and Childhood in American Religions
Sex, Marriage, and Family
in the World Religions

Don S. Browning, Christian M. Green, and John Witte, Jr., eds
(Columbia University Press, 2006)
Children and Childhood in American Religions
Don S. Browning and Bonnie Miller-McLemore, eds.
(Rutgers University Press, 2009)
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. The volume includes traditional texts as well as contemporary materials showing how the religions have responded to the changing conditions and mores of modern life. 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.
First Name: Don
Last Name: Browning
First Name: Don
Last Name: Browning
A Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts
Innovation in Jewish Law:
A Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts
Michael J. Broyde
(Urim Publications, 2017)
Innovation in Jewish Law:
A Case Study of Chiddush in Havineinu

Michael J. Broyde
(Urim Publications, 2010)
While the topic of conversion in Judaism has been extensively covered, no one has explored the particular laws related to after conversion. In A Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts, Michael J. Broyde explores many topics and questions that revolve around the life of a Jewish convert.This study addressed the legal analysis used to explain that change. 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.
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Broyde
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Broyde
Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts, and Christian Panels:
 The Bounds of Wartime Military Conduct in Jewish Law:
Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts, and Christian Panels:
Religious Arbitration in America and the West

Michael J. Broyde
(Oxford University Press, 2017)
The Bounds of Wartime Military Conduct in Jewish Law:
An Expansive Conception

Michael J. Broyde
(Center for Jewish Studies, Queens College, CUNY, 2006)
This book explores the rise of private arbitration in religious and other values-oriented communities, and it argues that secular societies should use secular legal frameworks to facilitate, enforce, and also regulate religious arbitration. It covers the history of religious arbitration; the kinds of faith-based dispute resolution models currently in use; how the law should perceive them; and what the role of religious arbitration in the United States and the western world should be.
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Broyde
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Broyde
The Pursuit of Justice and Jewish Law:
Contending with Catastrophe:
The Pursuit of Justice and Jewish Law:
Halakhic Perspectives on the Legal Profession. 2nd ed

Michael J. Broyde
(Yashar Books, 2007)
Contending with Catastrophe:
Jewish Perspectives on September 11th

Michael J. Broyde
(K'hal Pub. in cooperation with Beth Din of America, 2011)
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? Michael J. Broyde, Professor of Law at Emory University, founding rabbi of the Young Israel in Atlanta and a member dayan of the Beth Din of America, takes a fearless inside look at the ethical and halakhic issues facing the Jewish lawyer and anyone caught up in the American legal systemThe tragic events of September 11th, 2001 shook the world, permanently changing the lives of millions of people. Jews are sadly familiar with vicious terrorist attacks yet we continue to be moved by the horror of modern warfare. 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.
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Broyde
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Broyde
Marriage, Sex, and Family in Judaism
The Codification of Jewish Law:
Marriage, Sex, and Family in Judaism
Michael J. Broyde and Michael Ausubel, eds.
(Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011)
The Codification of Jewish Law:
An Introduction to the Jurisprudence of the Mishna Berura

Michael J. Broyde and Ira Bedzow, eds.
(Academic Studies Press, 2014)
Marriage, Sex and Family in Judaism explores Jewish marriage from historical and contemporary perspectives, focusing on the religious and legal concepts of marriage, and the social impact of family in the Jewish community. The book does not advocate one perspective or another; instead, the essays range from conservative to liberal viewpoints, offering readers a well-balanced mixture of perspectives on Jewish marriage.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. For all of his traditionalism, Rabbi Kagan was an iconoclast, and the Mishna Berura broke from many of the traditional approaches of deciding halakhic directives.
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Broyde
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Broyde
Pope Benedict XVI's Legal Thought:
God and the Art of Happiness
Pope Benedict XVI's Legal Thought:
A Dialogue on the Foundation of Law

Marta Cartabia and Andrea Simoncini, eds
(Cambridge University Press, 2014)
God and the Art of Happiness
Ellen Charry
(William B. Eerdmans, 2010)
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. 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.
First Name: Marta
Last Name: Cartabia
First Name: Ellen
Last Name: Charry
Agape, Justice, and Law:
Christianity and Natural Law:
Agape, Justice, and Law:
How Might Christian Love Shape Law?

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

Norman Doe
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
In a provocative essay, philosopher Jeffrie Murphy asks: 'what would law be like if we organized it around the value of Christian love, and if we thought about and criticized law in terms of that value?'. This book brings together leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to address that question. Scholars have given surprisingly little attention to assessing how the central Christian ethical category of love - agape - might impact the way we understand law.Historically, natural law has played a pivotal role in Christian approaches to the law, and a contested role in legal philosophy generally. However, comparative study of natural law across global Christian traditions is largely neglected. 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.
First Name: Robert
Last Name: Cochran, Jr.
First Name: Norman
Last Name: Doe
God and the Secular Legal System
The New Global Law
God and the Secular Legal System
Rafael Domingo
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
The New Global Law
Rafael Domingo
(Cambridge University Press, 2010)
This timely book offers a theistic approach to secular legal systems and demonstrates that these systems are neither agnostic nor atheist. Critical but succinct in its approach, this book focuses on an extensive range of liberal legal approaches to religious and moral issues, and subjects them to critical scrutiny from a secular perspective. Expertly written by a leading scholar, the author offers a rare combination of profundity of ideas and simplicity of expression.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 reorder itself according to acknowledged global needs and evolving consciousness.
First Name: Rafael
Last Name: Domingo
First Name: Rafael
Last Name: Domingo
Great Christian Jurists in Spanish History
Legalizing Plural Marriage:
Great Christian Jurists in Spanish History
in Spanish History

Rafael Domingo and Javier Martínez-Torrón, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2018)
Legalizing Plural Marriage:
The Next Frontier in Family Law

Mark A. Goldfeder
(Brandeis University Press, 2017)
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. Spanish legal culture, developed during the Spanish Golden Age, has had a significant influence on the legal norms and institutions that emerged in Europe and in Latin America. This volume examines the lives of twenty key personalities in Spanish legal history, in particular how their Christian faith was a factor in molding the evolution of law.Polygamous marriages are currently recognized in nearly fifty countries worldwide. Although polygamy is technically illegal in the United States, it is practiced by members of some religious communities and a growing number of other 'poly' groups. 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.
First Name: Rafael
Last Name: Domingo
First Name: Mark
Last Name: Goldfeder
Religious Organizations and the Law
Looking Forward:
Religious Organizations and the Law
Mark A. Goldfeder, William W. Bassett, W. Cole Durham, Jr., and Robert T. Smith, eds.
(Thompson Reuters/West, 2015)
Looking Forward:
Essays on Social Action

Mark Goldfeder and Ira Bedzow, eds.
(ACSV Publications, 2014)
Religious Organizations and the Law is a complete analytical guide to the constitutional law, federal and state decisions, statutes, ordinances, and regulations affecting the operation of religious entities.
First Name: Mark
Last Name: Goldfeder
First Name: Mark
Last Name: Goldfeder
Rediscovering the Natural Law
No Establishment of Religion:
Rediscovering the Natural Law
in Reformed Theological Ethics

Stephen J. Grabill
(William .B. Eerdmans, 2006)
No Establishment of Religion:
America's Original Contribution to Religious Liberty

Jeremy T. Gunn and John Witte, Jr. eds.
(Oxford University Press, 2012)
Is knowledge of right and wrong written on the human heart? Do people know God from the world around them? Does natural knowledge contribute to Christian doctrine? 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.
First Name: Stephen
Last Name: Grabil
First Name: Jeremy
Last Name: Gunn
Lex Charitatis:
God and the Illegal Alien
Lex Charitatis:
A Juristic Disquisition on Law
in the Theology of Martin Luther

Johannes Heckel
(William B. Eerdmans, 2010)
God and the Illegal Alien
United States Immigration Law
and a Theology of Politics

Robert W. Heimburger
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
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.Today in the United States, millions of men, women, and children are considered 'illegal aliens' under federal law. While the presence of these migrants runs against the law, many arrive in response to US demand for cheap labor and stay to contribute to community life.
First Name: Johannes
Last Name: Heckel
First Name: Robert
Last Name: Heimburger
Christianity and Freedom, vol. 1
Christianity and Freedom, vol. 2
Christianity and Freedom, vol. 1
Allen Hertzke
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Christianity and Freedom, vol. 2
Allen D. Hertzke and Timothy Samuel Shah, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
In Volume 1 of Christianity and Freedom, leading historians uncover the unappreciated role of Christianity in the development of basic human rights and freedoms from antiquity through today. These include radical notions of dignity and equality, religious freedom, liberty of conscience, limited government, consent of the governed, economic liberty, autonomous civil society, and church-state separation, as well as more recent advances in democracy, human rights, and human development. Acknowledging that the record is mixed, scholars document how the seeds of freedom in Christianity antedate and ultimately undermine later Christian justifications and practices of persecutionVolume 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.
First Name: Allen
Last Name: Hertzke
First Name: Allen
Last Name: Hertzke
Great Christian Jurists in English History
 Political Agape: Christian Love and Liberal Democracy
Great Christian Jurists in English History
Mark Hill and R.H. Helmholz, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Political Agape: Christian Love and Liberal Democracy
Timothy P. Jackson
(William B. Eerdmans, 2015)
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.What is the place of Christian love in a pluralistic society dedicated to 'liberty and justice for all'? What would it mean to take both Jesus Christ and Abraham Lincoln seriously and attempt to translate love of God and neighbor into every quarter of life, including law and politics?
First Name: Mark
Last Name: Hill
First Name: Timothy
Last Name: Jackson
The Priority of Love:
The Best Love of the Child:
The Priority of Love:
Christian Charity and Social Justice

Timothy P. Jackson
(Princeton University Press, 2009)
The Best Love of the Child:
Being Loved and Being Taught to Love
as the First Human Right

Timothy P. Jackson
(William B. Eerdmans, 2011)
This book explores the relation between agape (or Christian charity) and social justice. Timothy Jackson defines agape as the central virtue in Christian ethical thought and action and applies his insights to three concrete issues: political violence, forgiveness, and abortion.Much has been written about the rights owed to children: the right to live, the right to be nurtured and cared for, the right to an ample measure of health and happiness - and, especially, the right to be loved.
First Name: Timothy
Last Name: Jackson
First Name: Timothy
Last Name: Jackson
The Morality of Adoption:
Blessings Same-Sex Unions:
The Morality of Adoption:
Social-Psychological, Theological, and Legal Perspective

Timothy P. Jackson
(William B. Eerdmans, 2013)
Blessings Same-Sex Unions:
The Perils of Queer Romance
and the Confusions of Christian Marriage

Mark D. Jordon
(University of Chicago Press, 2013)
The Religion, Marriage, and Family Series investigates marriage and family as major theological and cultural issues. Given that both society and the church have debated these topics intensely but have actually studied them very little, this series attempts to correct recent theological neglect of these important matters.At most church weddings, the person presiding over the ritual is not a priest or a pastor, but the wedding planner, followed by the photographer, the florist, and the caterer. And in this day and age, more wedding theology is supplied by Modern Bride magazine or reality television than by any of the Christian treatises on holy matrimony.
First Name: Timothy
Last Name: Jackson
First Name: Mark
Last Name: Jordon
 Recruiting Young Love:
Authorizing Marriage?
Recruiting Young Love:
How Christians Talk About Homosexuality

Mark D. Jordon
(University of Chicago Press, 2011)
Authorizing Marriage?
Canon, Tradition, and Critique
in the Blessings of Same-Sex Unions

Mark D. Jordon
(Princeton University Press, 2006)
In the view of many Christians, the teenage years are simultaneously the most dangerous and the most promising. At the very moment when teens are trying to establish a sense of identity and belonging, they are beset by temptation on all sides-from the pressure of their peers to the nihilism and materialism of popular culture. 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?
First Name: Mark
Last Name: Jordon
First Name: Mark
Last Name: Jordan
Religious Liberty, Volume 1:
Religious Liberty, Volume 2:
Religious Liberty, Volume 1:
Overviews and History

Douglas Laycock
(William B. Eerdmans, 2010)
Religious Liberty, Volume 2:
The Free Exercise Clause

Douglas Laycock
(William B. Eerdmans, 2011)
One of the most respected and influential scholars of religious liberty in our time, Douglas Laycock has argued many crucial religious liberty cases in the U.S. appellate courts and Supreme Court. His noteworthy scholarly and popular writings are being collected in four comprehensive volumes under the title Religious Liberty.For more than thirty years, Douglas Laycock has been studying, defending, and writing about religious liberty. In this second volume of the comprehensive collection of his writings on the subject, he has compiled articles, amicus briefs, and actual court documents relating to regulatory exemptions under the Constitution, the right to church autonomy, and the rights of non-mainstream religions.
First Name: Douglas
Last Name: Laycock
First Name: Douglas
Last Name: Laycock
Religious Liberty, Volume 3:
Religious Liberty, Volume 4
Religious Liberty, Volume 3:
Religious Freedom Restoration Acts,
Same-Sex Marriage Legislation, and the Culture Wars

Douglas Laycock
(William B. Eerdmans, 2018)
Religious Liberty, Volume 4
Federal Legislation after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,
with More on the Culture Wars

Douglas Laycock
(William B. Eerdmans, 2018)
One of the most respected and influential scholars of religious liberty in our time, Douglas Laycock has argued many crucial religious-liberty cases in the United States Supreme Court. His noteworthy scholarly and popular writings are being collected in five comprehensive volumes under the title Religious Liberty.One of the most respected and influential scholars of religious liberty in our time, Douglas Laycock has argued many crucial religious-liberty cases in the United States Supreme Court. His noteworthy scholarly and popular writings are being collected in five comprehensive volumes under the title Religious Liberty.
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Last Name: Laycock
First Name: Douglas
Last Name: Laycock
Religious Liberty, Volume 5:
The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty:
Religious Liberty, Volume 5:
The Free Speech and Establishment Clauses

Douglas Laycock
(William B. Eerdmans, 2018)
The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty:
Richard Hooker, the Puritans, and Protestant Political Theology

Bradford B. LittleJohn
(William B. Eerdmans, 2017)
One of the most respected and influential scholars of religious liberty in our time, Douglas Laycock has argued many crucial religious-liberty cases in the United States Supreme Court. His noteworthy scholarly and popular writings are being collected in five comprehensive volumes under the title Religious Liberty.How do Christians determine when to obey God even if that means disobeying other people? In this book W. Bradford Littlejohn addresses that question as he unpacks the magisterial political-theological work of Richard Hooker, a leading figure in the sixteenth-century English Reformation.
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Last Name: Laycock
First Name: Bradford
Last Name: Littlejohn
Secular Government, Religious People
Building Cultures of Trust
Secular Government, Religious People
Ira C. Lupa
(William B. Eerdmans, 2014)
Building Cultures of Trust
Marty E. Martin
(William B. Eerdmans, 2010)
In this book Ira Lupu and Robert Tuttle break through the unproductive American debate over competing religious rights. They present an original theory that makes the secular character of the American government, rather than a set of individual rights, the centerpiece of religious liberty in the United States.American society is experiencing a profound crisis of trust, from government to mass media to educational and religious institutions. And - whether we realize it or not - this crisis affects us all.
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Last Name: Lupa
First Name: Marty
Last Name: Martin
The Ascent of Christian Law:
Suing for America's Soul
The Ascent of Christian Law:
Patristic and Byzantine Formulations of a New Civilization

John McGuckin
(SVS Press, 2012)
Suing for America's Soul
Jonathan R. Moore
(Cambridge University Press, 2007)
This work asks the question: What did Christianity do to build a civilization? In the present age, law has been used energetically to micro-manage human societies, values, and aspirations. But did l aw work that way in antiquity?When John W. Whitehead founded The Rutherford Institute as a Christian legal advocacy group in 1982, he was interested primarily in the First Amendment's religion clause, serving clients only when religious freedom was at stake.
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Last Name: McGuckin
First Name: Jonathan
Last Name: Moore
The Mystical as Political:
A Global Political Morality:
The Mystical as Political:
Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy

Aristotle Papanikolau
(University of Notre Dame Press, 2012)
A Global Political Morality:
Human Rights, Democracy, and Constitutionalism

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Theosis, or the principle of divine-human communion, sparks the theological imagination of Orthodox Christians and has been historically important to questions of political theology.n A Global Political Morality, Michael J. Perry addresses several related questions in human rights theory, political theory and constitutional theory. He begins by explaining what the term 'human right' means and then elaborates and defends the morality of human rights, which is the first truly global morality in human history.
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Last Name: Papanikolau
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Perry
Constitutional Rights, Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court
Human Rights in the Constitutional Law
Constitutional Rights, Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court
Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Human Rights in the Constitutional Law
of the United States

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2013)
In this important 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 author, a leading constitutional scholar, explains that if a majority of the justices of the Supreme Court believes that a law violates the Constitution, it does not necessarily follow that the Court should rule that the law is unconstitutional. In the period since the end of the Second World War, there has emerged what never before existed: a truly global morality. Some of that morality - the morality of human rights - has become entrenched in the constitutional law of the United States.
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Perry
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Perry
The Political Morality of Liberal Democracy
Toward a Theory of Human Rights:
The Political Morality of Liberal Democracy
Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Toward a Theory of Human Rights:
Religion, Law, Courts

Michael J. Perry
(Cambridge University Press, 2007)
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. Neither the morality of human rights nor its relation to the law of human rights is well understood. In this book, Michael Perry addresses three large issues: o There is undeniably a religious ground - indeed, more than one religious ground - for the morality of human rights. But is there a nonreligious (secular) ground for the morality of human rights?
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Perry
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Perry
Under Caesar's Sword:
Ministers of the Law:
Under Caesar's Sword:
How Christians Respond to Persecution

Daniel Philpott and Timothy Samuel Shah, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2018)
Ministers of the Law:
A Natural Law Theory of Legal Authority

Jean Porter
(William B. Eerdmans, 2018)
The global persecution of Christians is an urgent human rights issue that remains underreported. This volume presents the results of the first systematic global investigation into how Christians respond to persecution. World-class scholars of global Christianity present first-hand research from most of the sites of the harshest persecution as well as the West and Latin America. Jean Porter is John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Her other books include Natural and Divine Law and Nature as Reason.
First Name: Daniel
Last Name: Philpott
First Name: Jean
Last Name: Porter
The Hidden Gifts of Helping:
How Marriage Became One of the Sacraments:
The Hidden Gifts of Helping:
How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope
Can Get Us Through Hard Times

Stephen Post
(Jossey-Bass, 2010)
How Marriage Became One of the Sacraments:
The Sacramental Theology of Marriage from Its Medieval Origins to the Council of Trent

Philip L. Reynolds
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)
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." The recent and astonishingly generous outpouring of help and donations in response to the earthquake in Haiti is a clear demonstration of this phenomenon, but what if we could be convinced to make helping others a way of life, even when times are hard?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. Although it had ancient roots, this new way of regarding marriage raised many problems, to which scholastic theologians applied all their ingenuity. By the late Middle Ages, the doctrine was fully established in Christian thought and practice but not yet as dogma.
First Name: Stephen
Last Name: Post
First Name: Philip
Last Name: Reynolds
To Have and to Hold:
Pagans and Christians in the City
To Have and to Hold:
Marrying and Its Documentation in Western Christendom, 400-1600

Philip L. Reynolds and John Witte, Jr., eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Pagans and Christians in the City
Steven D. Smith
(William B. Eerdmans, 2018)
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.Traditionalist Christians who oppose same-sex marriage and other cultural developments in the US wonder why they are being forced to bracket their beliefs in order to participate in public life. This situation is not new, says Steven D. Smith: Christians two thousand years ago in the Roman Empire faced similar challenges and questions.
First Name: Philip
Last Name: Reynolds
First Name: Steven
Last Name: Smith
The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law, vol. 1
The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness
Brent A. Strawn
(Oxford University Press, 2012)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law, vol. 1
Brent A. Strawn
(Oxford University Press, 2015)
Scholars of the social sciences have devoted increasing attention of late to the concept of human happiness, mainly from sociological and psychological perspectives. 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?The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law (OEBL) provides the most up-to-date and extensive treatment of the Bible and law yet attempted, both updating and expanding the scope of previous scholarship in the field.
First Name: Brent
Last Name: Strawn
First Name: Brent
Last Name: Strawn
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law, vol. 2
Christianity and Human Rights
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law, vol. 2
Brent Strawn
(Oxford University Press, 2012)
Christianity and Human Rights

(Journal of Law and Religion , 2015)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law (OEBL) provides the most up-to-date and extensive treatment of the Bible and law yet attempted, both updating and expanding the scope of previous scholarship in the field.Symposium, 'Christianity and Human Rights.' Journal of Law and Religion 30 (2015): 353-495.
First Name: Brent
Last Name: Strawn
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Last Name: ZZZ
The Foundations and Frontiers of Religious Liberty:
The Future of Law, Religion, and the Family
The Foundations and Frontiers of Religious Liberty:
A 25th Anniversary Celebration of the
1981 Declaration on Religious Tolerance


(Emory International Law Review, 2007)
The Future of Law, Religion, and the Family

(Emory Law Journal, 2009)
Symposium, 'The Foundations and Frontiers of Religious Liberty: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of the 1981 Declaration on Religious Tolerance,' Emory International Law Review 21 (2007): 1-276.Symposium, 'The Future of Law, Religion, and the Family.' Emory Law Journal 58 (2009): 1-102.
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First Name: ZZZ
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In Praise of a Legal Polymath:
The Pursuit of Happiness
In Praise of a Legal Polymath:
A Special Issue Dedicated to the Memory
of Harold J. Berman (1918-2007)


(Emory Law Journal, 2007)
The Pursuit of Happiness
in Interreligious Perspective


(Journal of Law and Religion, 2014)
Symposium, 'In Praise of a Legal Polymath: A Special Issue Dedicated to the Memory of Harold J. Berman (1918-2007).' Emory Law Journal 57 (2007): 1393-1643.Symposium, 'The Pursuit of Happiness in Interreligious Perspective.' Journal of Law and Religion 29 (2014): 1-216.
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First Name: ZZZ
Last Name: ZZZ
Religion, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom:
Religious Symbols on Government Property
Religion, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom:
A Symposium Issue


(Fides et Libertas, 2010)
Religious Symbols on Government Property

(Emory International Law Review, 2011)
Symposium, 'Religion, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom: A Symposium Issue.' Fides et Libertas (2010): 13-173. Symposium, 'Religious Symbols on Government Property.' Emory International Law Review 25 (2011): 5-150.
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First Name: ZZZ
Last Name: ZZZ
Sharia, Family, and Democracy:
What Christianity Offers to the World of Law
Sharia, Family, and Democracy:
Religious Norms and Family law
in Pluralistic Democratic States


(Emory International Law Review, 2011)
What Christianity Offers to the World of Law

(Journal of Law and Religion, 2017)
Symposium, 'Sharia, Family, and Democracy: Religious Norms and Family law in Pluralistic Democratic States.' Emory International Law Review 25 (2011): 779-1059.Symposium, 'What Christianity Offers to the World of Law.' Journal of Law and Religion 32 (2017): 4-97.
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First Name: ZZZ
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What's Wrong with Rights for Children?
Liberty
What's Wrong with Rights for Children?

(Emory International Law Review, 2006)
Liberty
Glenn Tender
(William B. Eerdmans, 2007)
Symposium, 'What's Wrong with Rights for Children?' Emory International Law Review 20 (2006): 1-239.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.
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First Name: Glenn
Last Name: Tinder
Public Pulpits:
Life to Come:
Public Pulpits:
Methodists and Mainline Churches in
the Moral Argument of Public Life

Steven Tipton
(University of Chicago, 2007 )
Life to Come:
Recreating Retirement

Steven M. Tipton
(United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2018)
Steven M. Tipton examines the political activities of Methodists and mainline churches in this groundbreaking investigation into a generation of denominational strife among church officials, lobbyists, and activists. The result is an unusually detailed and thoughtful account that upends common stereotypes while asking searching questions about the contested relationship between church and state.Retirement not only offers a time to rest from our labors and relax with family and friends--to travel, play, and have fun--but it beckons us to find our true calling in action, peace of mind in reflection, the spirit moving in the moment of each day, and the grace of God in prayer and love of neighbor.
First Name: Steven
Last Name: Tipton
First Name: Steven
Last Name: Tipton
Family Transformed:
Calvin's Political Theology and the Public Engagement
Family Transformed:
Religion, Society, and Values in American Life

Steven M. Tipton and John WItte, Jr., eds.
(Georgetown University Press, 2007)
Calvin's Political Theology and the Public Engagement
of the Church: Christ's Two Kingdoms

Matthew J. Tuininga
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
Statistics on the American family are sobering. From 1975 to 2000, one-third of all children were born to single mothers, and one-half of all marriages ended in divorce. While children from broken homes are two to three times more likely to develop behavioral and learning difficulties, two-parent families are not immune to problems. The cost of raising children has increased dramatically, and married couples with children are now twice as likely as childless couples to file for bankruptcy.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. Widely misunderstood as a proto-political culture warrior, due in part to his often misinterpreted role in controversies over predestination and the heretic Servetus, Calvin articulated a thoughtful approach to public life rooted in his understanding of the gospel and its teaching concerning the kingdom of God.
First Name: Steven
Last Name: Tipton
First Name: Matthew
Last Name: Tuininga
Conciliarism: A History of Decision-Making in the Church
Divine Covenants and Moral Order:
Conciliarism: A History of Decision-Making in the Church
Paul Valliere
(Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Divine Covenants and Moral Order:
A Biblical Theology of Natural Law

David VanDrunen
(William B. Eerdmans , 2014)
Conciliarism is one of the oldest and most essential means of decision-making in the history of the Christian Church. Indeed, as a leading Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann states, 'Before we understand the place and the function of the council in the Church, we must, therefore, see the Church herself as a council.' his 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.
First Name: Paul
Last Name: Valliere
First Name: David
Last Name: VanDrunen
Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms:
Leuven Lectures on Religious Institutions,
Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms:
A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought

David VanDrunen
(William B. Eerdmans, 2009)
Leuven Lectures on Religious Institutions,
Religious Communities, and Rights

Johan D. Vyver
(Peeters, 2004)
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.Religious institutions, such as churches, are founded on organizational structures, constitute distinct entities in human society, and in their capacity as juristic persons are the repositories of rights and obligations. In certain jurisdictions the rights vested in a religious institution include constitutionally protected entitlements, such as the right to privacy, freedom of religion and belief, freedom of expression, freedom of association, and property rights.
First Name: David
Last Name: VanDrunen
First Name: Johan
Last Name: Vyver
Church, State, and Family:
From Sacrament to Contract:
Church, State, and Family:
Reconciling Traditional Teachings and Modern Liberties

John Witte, Jr.
(Cambridge University Press, 2018)
From Sacrament to Contract:
Marriage, Religion and Law
in the Western Tradition

John Witte, Jr.
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2012)
This book defends the fundamental place of the marital family in modern liberal societies. While applauding modern sexual freedoms, John Witte, Jr. also defends the traditional Western teaching that the marital family is an essential cradle of conscience, chrysalis of care, and cornerstone of ordered liberty. He thus urges churches, states, and other social institutions to protect and promote the marital family. He encourages reticent churches to embrace the rights of women and children, as Christians have long taught, and encourages modern states to promote responsible sexual freedom and family relations, as liberals have long said. In From Sacrament to Contract, 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. In so doing, Witte, Jr. shows how we arrived at the notion of marriage as contract.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
God's Joust, God's Justice:
The Reformation of Rights:
God's Joust, God's Justice:
Law and Religion in the Western Tradition

John Witte, Jr.
(William B. Eerdmans, 2006)
The Reformation of Rights:
Law, Religion, and Human Rights
in Early Modern Calvinism

John Witte, Jr.
(Cambridge University Press, 2007)
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. Retrieving and reconstructing a wealth of material from the earliest Hebrew and Greek texts of the West to the latest machinations of the Supreme Court, John Witte, Jr. explores the legal and theological foundations of authority and liberty, equality and dignity, rights and duties, marriage and family, crime and punishment, and similar topics.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 - the French Wars of Religion, Dutch Revolt, the English Civil War, American colonization, and American Revolution. In each such crisis moment, a major Calvinist figure emerged - Theodore Beza, Johannes Althusius, John Milton, John Winthrop, John Adams, and others - who modernized Calvin's teachings and translated them into dramatic new legal and political reforms.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
The Sins of the Fathers:
The Western Case
The Sins of the Fathers:
The Law and Theology of Illegitimacy Reconsidered

John Witte, Jr.
(Cambridge University Press, 2009)
The Western Case
for Monogamy over Polygamy

John Witte, Jr.
(Cambridge University Press, 2015)
For nearly two millennia, Western law visited the sins of fathers and mothers upon their illegitimate children, subjecting them to systematic discrimination and deprivation. The graver the sins of their parents, the further these children fell in social standing and legal protection. While some reformers have sought to better the plight of illegitimate children, only in recent decades has illegitimacy lost its full legal sting. Yet the social, economic, and psychological costs of illegitimacy still remain high even in the liberal, affluent WestFor more than 2,500 years, the Western tradition has embraced monogamous marriage as an essential institution for the flourishing of men and women, parents and children, society and the state. At the same time, polygamy has been considered a serious crime that harms wives and children, correlates with sundry other crimes and abuses, and threatens good citizenship and political stability.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
Sex, Marriage and Family
Christianity and Human Rights:
Sex, Marriage and Family
in John Calvin's Geneva 1:
Courtship, Engagement, and Marriage.

John Witte, Jr. and Robert M. Kingdom, eds.
(William B. Eerdmans, 2006)
Christianity and Human Rights:
An Introduction

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2010)
You would not expect this from his dour reputation, but John Calvin transformed the Western understanding of sex, marriage, and family life. In this fascinating, even sensational, volume John Witte and Robert Kingdon treat comprehensively the new theology and law of domestic life that Calvin and his fellow reformers established in sixteenth-century Geneva. Bringing to light and life hundreds of newly discovered cases and theological texts, Witte, Jr. and Kingdon trace the subtle historical forms and norms of sex, marriage, and family life that still shape us today.Combining Jewish, Greek, and Roman teachings with the radical new teachings of Christ and St. Paul, Christianity helped to cultivate the cardinal ideas of dignity, equality, liberty and democracy that ground the modern human rights paradigm. Christianity also helped shape the law of public, private, penal, and procedural rights that anchor modern legal systems in the West and beyond.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
Modern Christian Teachings
Modern Christian Teachings
Modern Christian Teachings
on Law, Politics,
and Human Nature, vol 1.

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander, eds.
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
Modern Christian Teachings
on Law, Politics,
and Human Nature, vol 2.

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander, eds.
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
The first volume examines modern Christian thinkers' views on the most pressing political, legal, and ethical questions of our time. The essays present a vital new understanding of the diversity and richness of modern Christian legal and political thought from 1880 to the present. The contributors reveal the theological roots of modern legal systems as well as the relevance of modern Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox thought to current debates about the family, state, religion, and society. Divided into two volumes, The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature offers a landmark collection of writings from twenty Christian thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and analyses of their work by leading contemporary religious scholars.With selections from the works of Jacques Maritain, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Dorothy Day, Pope John Paul II, Susan B. Anthony, Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Reinhold Niebuhr, Martin Luther King Jr., Nikolai Berdyaev, Vladimir Lossky, and others, Volume 2 illustrates the different venues, vectors, and sometimes-conflicting visions of what a Christian understanding of law, politics, and society entails.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
Modern Christian Teachings
Proselytism and Orthodoxy in Russia:
Modern Christian Teachings
on Law, Politics,
and Human Nature, vol 3.

John Witte, Jr. and Frank S. Alexander, eds.
(Columbia University Press, 2007)
Proselytism and Orthodoxy in Russia:
The New War for Souls

John Witte, Jr. and Michael Bordeaux, eds.
(Wipf and Stock, 2009)
The Teachings of Modern Orthodox Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature examines how modern Orthodox Christian thinkers have answered the most pressing political, legal, and ethical questions of our time. It discusses the enduring teachings of important Orthodox Christian intellectuals of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 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. This volume assesses the legitimacy of the Orthodox attempt to reclaim the spiritual and moral heart of the Russian people and to retain their adherence in a new, pluralistic world where many Christians and followers of other traditions seek the right to establish themselves.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
Covenant Marriage in Comparative Perspective
Religion and Human Rights:
Covenant Marriage in Comparative Perspective
John Witte, Jr. and Eliza Ellison
(William B. Eerdmans, 2005)
Religion and Human Rights:
An Introduction

John Witte, Jr. and Christian M. Green, eds.
(Oxford University Press, 2012)
Covenant marriages requiring premarital counseling and tighter strictures on divorce have recently emerged in some American states. At the same time, the doctrine of covenant has reemerged in religious circles as a common way to map the spiritual dimensions of marriage. The relationship between religion and human rights is both complex and inextricable. While most of the world's religions have supported violence, repression, and prejudice, each has also played a crucial role in the modern struggle for universal human rights. Most importantly, religions provide the essential sources and scales of dignity and responsibility, shame and respect, restraint and regret, restitution and reconciliation that a human rights regime needs to survive and flourish in any culture.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
The Equal Regard Family
Christianity and Family Law:
The Equal Regard Family
and Its Friendly Critics

John Witte, Jr., Christian M. Green, and Amy Wheeler, eds.
(William B. Eerdmans, 2007)
Christianity and Family Law:
An Introduction

John Witte, Jr. and Gary S. Hauk, eds.
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)
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. Scholars probe a number of Browning's contributions, particularly his call for an ethic of "equal regard" within the household and wider society. This book is a true interdisciplinary effort, with insights from psychology, history, law, theology, biology, ethics, feminist theology, childhood studies, and education theory. The Equal-Regard Family and Its Friendly Critics includes seven honorary forewords, ten original essays, and a concluding essay by Don Browning himself.The Western tradition has always cherished the family as an essential foundation of a just and orderly society, and thus accorded it special legal and religious protection. Christianity embraced this teaching from the start, and many of the basics of Western family law were shaped by the Christian theologies of nature, sacrament, and covenant. 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.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
Sharing the Book:
Texts and Contents in Legal History:
Sharing the Book:
Religious Perspectives on the
Rights and Wrongs of Proselytism

John Witte, Jr. and Richard C. Martin, eds.
(Wipf and Stock, 2008)
Texts and Contents in Legal History:
Essays in Honor of Charles Donahue

John Witte, Jr., Sarah McDougall, and Anna di Robilant, eds.
(Robbins Collection, 2016)
More than a dozen religious leaders offer authoritative statements and analyses of classic and contemporary perspectives on mission activity and conversion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.Renowned legal historian, Charles Donahue, serves as the inspiration for this volume of essays covering a range of topics of interest to legal historians, legal scholars, and others. Inspired by Donahue's insights into the value of understanding both text and context, this volume brings together 26 contributions from leading historians in Europe and North America.
First Name: Richard
Last Name: Martin
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
Religion and the
The Protestant Reformation of the
Religion and the
American Constitutional Experiment

John Witte, Jr. and Joel A. Nicholas, eds.
(Oxford University Press, 2016)
The Protestant Reformation of the
Church and the World

John Witte, Jr. and Amy Wheeler, eds.
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2018)
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. The authors present balanced, accessible discussions of controversial issues, such as funding religious schools and charities and displaying religious symbols on government property. Three chapters new to this edition cover the free exercise of religion, religion and public life, and religious organizations and the law.From a distinguished assembly of twelve internationally acclaimed scholars comes this rich, interdisciplinary study that explores the Protestant Reformation and its resultant effects on the church as well as the world. The Reformation extended from the church to revolutionize art, music, literature, architecture, and aesthetics and transformed economics, trade, and banking; these transformations shifted power away from the church to the state as they unleashed radical new campaigns for freedom, equality, democracy, and constitutional order.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
First Name: John
Last Name: Witte, Jr.
Justice in Love
The Mighty and the Almighty:
Justice in Love
Nicholas Wolterstorff
(William B. Eerdmans, 2015)
The Mighty and the Almighty:
An Essay in Political Theology

Nicholas Wolterstorff
(Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Love and justice have long been prominent themes in the moral culture of the West, yet they are often considered to be almost hopelessly at odds with one another. In this book acclaimed Christian philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff shows that justice and love are at heart perfectly compatible, and he argues that the commonly perceived tension between them reveals something faulty in our understanding of each. True benevolent love, he says, is always attentive to justice, and love that wreaks injustice can only ever be "malformed love."For a century or more political theology has been in decline. Recent years, however, have seen increasing interest not only in how church and state should be related, but in the relation between divine authority and political authority, and in what religion has to say about the limits of state authority and the grounds of political obedience. In this book, Nicholas Wolterstorff addresses this whole complex of issues. He takes account of traditional answers to these questions, but on every point stakes out new positions.
First Name: Nicholas
Last Name: Wolterstorff
First Name: Nicholas
Last Name: Wolterstorff