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Christianity and Law: An Introduction / Edition 1

Christianity and Law: An Introduction / Edition 1

by John Witte, Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521874629

ISBN-13: 9780521874625

Pub. Date: 05/01/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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 philosophers. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521874625
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix

List of contributors xii

Preface xiv

Introduction John Witte, Jr. 1

1 Law and religion in Judaism David Novak 33

2 Law in early Christianity Luke Timothy Johnson 53

3 Western canon law R.H. Helmholz 71

4 Natural law and natural rights Brian Tierney 89

5 Conscientious objection, civil disobedience, and resistance Kent Greenawalt 105

6 The Christian sources of general contract law Harold J. Berman 125

7 Proof, procedure, and evidence Mathias Schmoeckel 143

8 Family law and Christian jurisprudence Don S. Browning 163

9 Poverty, charity, and social welfare Brian S. Pullan 185

10 Property and Christian theology Frank S. Alexander 205

11 Christian love and criminal punishment Jeffrie G. Murphy 219

12 Christianity and human rights Michael J. Perry 237

13 Religious liberty David Little 249

14 Modern church law Norman Doe 271

15 Religious organizations and the state: the laws of ecclesiastical polity and the civil courts William W. Bassett 293

16 Christianity and the large-scale corporation David A. Skeel, Jr. 311

Index to biblical texts 329

General index 333

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