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CHRISTIANITY AND HUMAN FLOURISHING: THE ROLES OF LAW AND POLITICS

  • David N. Hempton (a1)
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This essay was presented as a 2016 McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lecture at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University.

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1 See generally Pinker Steven, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (New York: Penguin, 2011).

2 Pinker's articulation of the violence of some parts of the Hebrew Bible and the history of Christendom is appropriate, but less convincing is his assessment of the role of religion in conflicts such as the Thirty Years’ War in Europe and the Troubles in Northern Ireland, or in paying at least some tribute to the role of religion in peacebuilding in many different conflicts.

3 Pew Research Center, “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010–2050,” April 2015, http://www.pewforum.org/2015/04/02/religious-projections-2010-2050/.

4 This remarkable story is told by Ward W. R., The Protestant Evangelical Awakening (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), 103–7.

5 West Austell JPs to G. Lavington, Bishop of Exeter, 23 May 1747, Lambeth Palace Library Manuscripts, Secker Papers, 8 (Methodists), folios 4–5. For a fuller treatment, see Hempton David, The Religion of the People: Methodism and Popular Religion c. 1750–1900 (London: Routledge, 1996), 145–61.

6 See Hempton David, “Popular Evangelicalism and the Shaping of British Moral Sensibilities, 1770–1830,” in British Abolitionism and the Question of Moral Progress in History, ed. Yerxa Donald A. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2012), 5880 .

7 Charles Dickens, Hard Times (London, 1854), chapter 5, “The Key Note.”

8 David Brooks, “The Governing Cancer of Our Times,” New York Times, February 26, 2016.

9 Jeremiah 29:7–11 (Revised Standard Version).

10 Sacks Jonathan, Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence (New York: Schocken Books, 2015).

11 Jonathan Sacks, “How to Defeat Religious Violence” Wall Street Journal, October 2, 2015.

12 Lederach John Paul, The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).

13 This is the argument of Kathryn Sikkink, Federica D'Alessandra, and Aroop Mukarji, “Has International Law Diminished the Illegal Use of Force?,” unpublished paper, Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard University, 2016.

14 Gopin Marc, To Make the Earth Whole: The Art of Citizen Diplomacy in an Age of Religious Militancy (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). See also Gopin Marc, Between Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence, and Peacemaking (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).

15 Gopin, To Make the Earth Whole, 226.

16 Eliot George, “Janet's Repentance,” in Scenes of Clerical Life (London: Blackwood and Sons, 1858).

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