Christianity and Law An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0521697492
ISBN-13: 9780521697491
Edition: 2008
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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 philosophies. 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.

John Witte Jr. is the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and co-director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He has published numerous volumes, including Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation.Frank S. Alexander is interim dean and professor at the Emory School of Law. He is the founder and co-director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Preface
Introduction
Law and religion in Judaism
Law in early Christianity
Western canon law
Natural law and natural rights
Conscientious objection, civil disobedience, and resistance
The Christian sources of general contract law
Proof, procedure, and evidence
Family law and Christian jurisprudence
Poverty, charity, and social welfare
Property and Christian theology
Christian love and criminal punishment
Christianity and human rights
Religious liberty
Modern church law
Religious organizations and the state: the laws of ecclesiastical polity and the civil courts
Christianity and the large-scale corporation
Index to biblical texts
General index

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