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Christianity and Law

Christianity and Law
An Introduction

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John Witte, Jr., David Novak, Luke Timothy Johnson, R.H. Helmholz, Brian Tierney, Kent Greenawalt, Harold J. Berman, Mathias Schmoeckel, Don S. Browning, Brian S. Pullan, Frank S. Alexander, Jeffrie G. Murphy, Michael J. Perry, David Little, Norman Doe, William Bassett, David A. Skeel, Jr.
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  • Date Published: June 2008
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521697491
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  • What impact has Christianity had on the law from its beginnings to the present day? This 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.

    • The only comprehensive introduction to Western Christianity and Western law available in English
    • An excellent text for classroom use
    • An integrated and systematic study of this burgeoning field of interdisciplinary study
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    29th Aug 2013 by PEACE

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    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521697491
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Editors

    John Witte, Jr., Emory University, Atlanta
    John Witte, Jr is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. His many publications include The Reformation of Rights: Law, Religion and Human Rights in Early Modern Calvinism (2007) and Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation (2002).

    Frank S. Alexander, Emory University, Atlanta
    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).

    Contributors

    John Witte, Jr., David Novak, Luke Timothy Johnson, R.H. Helmholz, Brian Tierney, Kent Greenawalt, Harold J. Berman, Mathias Schmoeckel, Don S. Browning, Brian S. Pullan, Frank S. Alexander, Jeffrie G. Murphy, Michael J. Perry, David Little, Norman Doe, William Bassett, David A. Skeel, Jr.

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