God's Joust, God's Justice: Law and Religion in Western Tradition

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There are three things that people will die for -- their faith, their freedom, and their family. This volume focuses on all three, including the interactions among them, in the Western tradition and today. Retrieving and reconstructing a wealth of material from the earliest Hebrew and Greek texts of the West to the latest machinations of the Supreme Court, John Witte explores the legal and theological foundations of authority and liberty, equality and dignity, rights and duties, marriage and family, crime and punishment, and similar topics. God's Joust, God's Justice is a lucid scholarly introduction to the burgeoning field of law and religion and a learned historical inquiry into the weightier matters of the law.
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Walter Brueggemann
"John Witte has written a book that is profoundly in touch with the intractable issues in U.S. public life and in that of the West generally. Though this study of rights is a historical analysis, it breaths with contemporary passion. Among other things, it is a summons to the churches and other religious communities to care about the great public dimensions of order and value. He urges them to dispense with myopic and sectarian preoccupations and to address the big issues. . .The future of our society depends on religious communities that can supply the narrative that will ground the work of human rights. Witte's welcome book is an important wake-up call." - - (Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary)
Joan Lockwood O'Donovan
This formidable collection of essays encompasses and, to an extent, distills a decade of John Witte's scholarly investigations into the ‘dialectical interaction' of ‘law' and ‘religion' in the western tradition. . .The importance and timeliness of Witte's studies for both theological and legal disciplines lies precisely in his persistent determination to interpret western legal traditions as Christian traditions, flowing from biblical, apostolic and ecclesial sources, and not only from classical philosophical and legal source. - -( Joan Lockwood O'Donovan, Honorary Fellow, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh)
Brett T. Wilmot
"John Witte's latest volume is a fine contribution to the contentious contemporary academic debates about religion, law, and politics. Witte's book. . .is impressive in many ways, not least in its ambitions to force a significant reevaluation of what our history tells us about the rise of modern paradigms of law and politics and the role that religion has played. It is an ambitious and generous volume that will, I believe, prove an excellent resource as we continue to wrestle with the complexities of the modern experiment with religious freedom." - -( Brett T. Wilmot, Professor and Associate Director, Ethics Program, Villanova University)
Charles E. Rice
"In summary, this readable book provides a useful historical review of the relation between law and religion in Western culture. . .I cannot imagine that any serious student of the issue, whether neophyte or expert, could read this book without satisfaction and profit." - - (Charles E. Rice, Professor Emeritus University of Notre Dame Law School )
Robert Vischer
"In God's Joust, God's Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition, John Witte, Jr. applies the lens of Christian history to the legal topics as varied as human rights, proselytism, crime, marriage, clerical celibacy, illegitimacy, and jurisprudence. For many authors, such a diverse lineup, particularly in a field as expansive and amorphous as law and religion, would tend to produce a compilation of work that seems more contrived than coherent. But Witte admirably succeeds in his project by portraying the mutual reliance of law and religion through normative comparison and historical narrative. . .Witte calls "peoples of all faiths and no faiths to take their place in the marketplace" (261). Coming from a scholar of Witte's caliber and temperament, it is a welcome invitation." - - (Robert Vischer, Professor and Associate Dean University of St. Thomas Law School)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802844217
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Emory University Studies in Law and Religion
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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