Can a Good Christian Be a Good Lawyer?: Homilies, Witnesses, and Reflections

Can a Good Christian Be a Good Lawyer?: Homilies, Witnesses, and Reflections

by Thomas E. Baker
     
 

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Law professors Thomas E. Baker and Timothy W. Floyd asked some of their legal colleagues to respond to this provocative question: "Can a good Christian be a good lawyer?" Here are twenty-one highly personal narratives that answer the question of how each writer tries, sometimes but not always successfully, to be both a good Christian and a good lawyer. How…  See more details below

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Law professors Thomas E. Baker and Timothy W. Floyd asked some of their legal colleagues to respond to this provocative question: "Can a good Christian be a good lawyer?" Here are twenty-one highly personal narratives that answer the question of how each writer tries, sometimes but not always successfully, to be both a good Christian and a good lawyer. How does a lawyer called to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ reconcile his or her faith with the secular calling to the legal profession? The editors did not set out to provide some kind of final resolution or unified consensus. Instead, they have compiled a remarkable collection of reflections by lawyers, judges, and academics who represent many different branches of Christianity.

The reader is likely to find many role models to emulate and the inspiration to continue to fight the good fight in these accounts grounded in legal and Christian thought. Reading about these real-life ethical dilemmas, conflicting loyalties, and personal difficulties offers the reassurance that others have shared their ongoing struggle to rhyme their career with their faith.

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"Arguing that 'the practice of law for too many lawyers presents either a Faustian bargain or a Godfather's offer,' the editors present an alternative by way of meditations, case histories, and exhortations on the integration of one's family and legal practice. While the primary intended audience is clearly lawyers, the lessons taught, experiences shared, and questions raised offer much insight to all those seeking to make their occupation a bona fide calling of the Lord." —Books & Culture

“[A]n admirable effort at answering a hard question. Ultimately, the essayists reach the same conclusion as the editors: Yes, a good Christian can be a good lawyer, but only with two indispensable aids—divine grace and the good example of others. Even the lawyer with an ordinary practice can be a practitioner of holiness. The many lawyers whose practices are relatively ordinary may take comfort in this conclusion and in the reminder from William Bentley Ball that usually lawyers serve God best by accepting the place where they are.” —Crisis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268008260
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Series:
STUDIES LAW & CONTEM Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Thomas E. Baker is Alvin R. Allison Professor at Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas.

Timothy W. Floyd is Professor of Law at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

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