Christianity and Law: An Introduction by John Witte, Jr.Christianity and Law: An Introduction by John Witte, Jr.

Christianity and Law: An Introduction

EditorJohn Witte, Jr., Frank S. Alexander

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What impact has Christianity had on the law from its beginnings to the present day? This 2008 introduction explores the main legal teachings of Western Christianity, set out in the texts and traditions of scripture and theology, philosophy and jurisprudence. It takes up the weightier matters of the law that Christianity has profoundly shaped - justice and mercy, rule and equity, discipline and love - as well as more technical topics of canon law, natural law, and state law. Some of these legal creations were wholly original to Christianity. Others were converted from Jewish and classical traditions. Still others were reformed by Renaissance humanists and Enlightenment philosophers. But whether original or reformed, these Christian teachings on law, politics and society have made and can continue to make fundamental contributions to modern law in the West and beyond.
Frank S. Alexander is Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He is co-editor with John Witte Jr. of The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics and Human Nature (2006).
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Title:Christianity and Law: An IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:June 2, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521697492

ISBN - 13:9780521697491

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Table of Contents

Introduction John Witte, Jr.; 1. Law and religion in Judaism David Novak; 2. Law in early Christianity Luke Timothy Johnson; 3. Western canon law R. H. Helmholz; 4. Natural law and natural rights Brian Tierney; 5. Conscientious objection, civil disobedience, and resistance Kent Greenawalt; 6. The Christian sources of general contract law Harold J. Berman; 7. Proof, procedure, and evidence Mathias Schmoeckel; 8. Family law and Christian jurisprudence Don S. Browning; 9. Poverty, charity and social welfare Brian S. Pullan; 10. Property and Christian theology Frank S. Alexander; 11. Christian love and criminal punishment Jeffrie G. Murphy; 12. Christianity and human rights Michael J. Perry; 13. Religious liberty David Little; 14. Modern church law Norman Doe; 15. Religious organizations and the state: the laws of ecclesiastical polity and the civil courts William Bassett; 16. Christianity and the large scale corporation David A. Skeel, Jr.

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'The editors are to be congratulated in bringing together within a single cover material which is authoritative, incisive and provocative. I anticipate that this volume will soon find itself on the bookshelves of law school libraries and theological colleges alike, and it will readily take its place as the first port of call on reading lists across a broad range of subjects ...' Ecclesiology