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Christianity and Natural Law
An Introduction

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Norman Doe, R. H. Helmholz, Helen Costigane, Paul Babie, Will Adam, Antti Raunio, John A. Harrod, Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel, Paul Goodliff, Leo J. Koffeman, Owen Anderson, Russell Sandberg
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  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107186446

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  • 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. Its focus is not solely theoretical: it tests the practical utility of natural law by exploring its use in the legal systems of the churches studied. Alongside analysis of the assumptions underlying the concept, it also proposes a jurisprudence of Christian law itself. With chapters written by distinguished lawyers and theologians across the world, this book is designed for those studying and teaching law or theology, those who practice and study ecumenism, and those involved in the practice of church law.

    • Provides a unique comparative history of natural law thinking across the major Christian traditions worldwide
    • Explores an ecumenical approach to natural law thinking by comparing contemporary positions of Christian traditions
    • Will appeal to a wide audience not only within law but also theology
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    '… the volume’s topic and goal are laudable, and the result is a useful entry point into the multiconfessional nature of Christian natural law thought.' Journal of Markets & Morality

    '… the treatment of the importance of natural law in the theology of John Calvin and its subsequent reception and revival, filtered through Karl Barth, is of great benefit for understanding recent reformed interest in natural law. For all of those outside these traditions, and perhaps even those within them with an interest in natural law, these chapters could be immensely helpful in tracking the broader reception of natural law in the Protestant theological tradition.' Gideon Barr, Reading Religion

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107186446
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Norman Doe
    1. Natural law and Christianity: a brief history R. H. Helmholz
    2. Natural law in the Roman Catholic tradition Helen Costigane
    3. Natural law in the Orthodox tradition Paul Babie
    4. Natural law in the Anglican tradition Will Adam
    5. Natural law in the Lutheran tradition Antti Raunio
    6. Natural law in the Methodist tradition John A. Harrod
    7. Natural law in the Reformed tradition Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel
    8. Natural law in the Baptist tradition Paul Goodliff
    9. Natural law in the Ecumenical movement Leo J. Koffeman
    10. Natural law in an interfaith context: the Abrahamic religions Norman Doe
    11. Natural law and philosophical presuppositions Owen Anderson
    12. Towards a jurisprudence of Christian law Russell Sandberg.

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    Norman Doe, Cardiff University
    Norman Doe is a professor and director of the LL.M. in Canon Law at Cardiff University Law School. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Paris and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and Chancellor of the Diocese of Bangor. His books include Fundamental Authority in Late Medieval English Law (1990), Canon Law in the Anglican Communion (1998), Law and Religion in Europe (2011) and Christian Law (2013).


    Norman Doe, R. H. Helmholz, Helen Costigane, Paul Babie, Will Adam, Antti Raunio, John A. Harrod, Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel, Paul Goodliff, Leo J. Koffeman, Owen Anderson, Russell Sandberg

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