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Agape, Justice, and Law
How Might Christian Love Shape Law?

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Richard Mouw, Robert F. Cochran, Jr, Darryl Tippens, Linda Ross Meyer, Timothy P. Jackson, Nicholas Wolterstorff, David VanDrunen, Jeffrie G. Murphy, Charles Mathewes, Michael P. Moreland, Lucia Silecchia, Jennifer Lee Koh, Lyman Johnson, Thomas C. Berg, Alberto Coll, James Boyd White
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  • Date Published: May 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107175280

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  • In a provocative essay, philosopher Jeffrie G. 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. This book aims to fill that gap by investigating the relationship between agape and law in Scripture, theology, and jurisprudence, as well as applying these insights to contemporary debates in criminal law, tort law, elder law, immigration law, corporate law, intellectual property, and international relations. At a time when the discourse between Christian and other world views is more likely to be filled with hate than love, the implications of agape for law are crucial.

    • Offers a new framework for the study of law and religion
    • Addresses key contemporary controversies in both public and private law
    • Explores the ways to integrate Christian ethics and jurisprudence
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    'Taken together, the essays in Agape, Justice, and Law are searching analyses of the relation of agape and justice as well as prophetic critiques of contemporary American law with its often questionable assumptions about duties, rights, punishment, property, and the collective good. In seeking to envision a more excellent way for the law, the volume enriches discussion about what a more humane, just, and viable legal order might be.' Bradley Shingleton, Reading Religion

    'As such, agape 'offers a vision … of interest to those from other traditions … both because they are likely to have analogous sources of value and because agape presents an inherently attractive foundation for law'.' Paul T. Babie, Journal of Church and State

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    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107175280
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Richard Mouw
    Part I. Biblical Foundations:
    1. Jesus, agape, and law Robert F. Cochran, Jr
    2. Love calls us to the things of this world: the Pauline tradition and 'the law of Christ' Darryl Tippens
    Part II. Modern Perspectives on Agape, Justice, and Law:
    3. Agape, humility, and chaotic good: the challenge and risk of allowing agape a role in the law Linda Ross Meyer
    4. Javert and Jihad: why law cannot survive without love and vice versa Timothy P. Jackson
    5. Love, justice, and law Nicholas Wolterstorff
    6. Justice tempered by forbearance: why Christian love is an improper category to apply to civil law David VanDrunen
    Part III. What's Love Got to Do with It? Applications of Agape to Law:
    7. Christian love and criminal punishment Jeffrie G. Murphy
    8. Be instructed, all you who judge the earth: law, justice, and love during the world Charles Mathewes
    9. Justice, love, and duties of care in tort law Michael P. Moreland
    10. The when and the where of love: subsidiarity as a framework for care of the elderly Lucia Silecchia
    11. Agape, grace, and immigration law: an Evangelical perspective Jennifer Lee Koh
    12. Law, agape, and the corporation Lyman Johnson
    13. Agape, gift, and intellectual property Thomas C. Berg
    14. That vast external realm: the limits of love and law in international politics Alberto Coll
    Afterword: agape and reframing James Boyd White.

  • Editors

    Robert F. Cochran, Jr, Pepperdine University, California
    Robert F. Cochran, Jr is Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Pepperdine University, California and Director of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics. He is the author or co-author of ten books and over sixty articles.

    Zachary R. Calo, Valparaiso University, Indiana
    Zachary R. Calo is Professor of Law at Hamad bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar, and Research Scholar in Law and Religion at Valparaiso University, Indiana.


    Richard Mouw, Robert F. Cochran, Jr, Darryl Tippens, Linda Ross Meyer, Timothy P. Jackson, Nicholas Wolterstorff, David VanDrunen, Jeffrie G. Murphy, Charles Mathewes, Michael P. Moreland, Lucia Silecchia, Jennifer Lee Koh, Lyman Johnson, Thomas C. Berg, Alberto Coll, James Boyd White

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