The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

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John Witte, Frank S. Alexander
Columbia University Press, 2006 - Reference - 806 pages
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Divided into two volumes, The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature offers a landmark collection of writings from twenty leading Christian thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and analyses of their work by leading contemporary religious scholars.

The first volume examines modern Christian thinkers' views on the most pressing political, legal, and ethical questions of our time. The essays present a vital new understanding of the diversity and richness of modern Christian legal and political thought from 1880 to the present. The contributors reveal the theological roots of modern legal systems as well as the relevance of modern Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox thought to current debates about the family, state, religion, and society.

Essays consider the ideas, influences, and intellectual and cultural contexts of a variety of figures, including Jacques Maritain, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Dorothy Day, Pope John Paul II, Susan B. Anthony, Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Reinhold Niebuhr, Martin Luther King Jr., Nikolai Berdyaev, and Vladimir Lossky. The contributors illuminate these thinkers' views on issues that continue to affect modern pluralistic societies, including the nature and purpose of law and authority, the limits of rule and obedience, the care and nurture of the needy and innocent, the rights and wrongs of war and violence, and the separation of church and state. The historical focus and ecumenical breadth of this collection fills an important scholarly gap and revives the role of Christian social thought in legal and political theory.

The second volume of The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law Politics, and Human Nature is an annotated reader of works by the figures discussed in this volume.

  

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Contents

Introduction to Modern Catholicism
3
Pope Leo XIII 18101903
39
Jacques Maritain 18821973
75
John Courtney Murray 19041967
115
Pope John XXIII 18811963
145
Gustavo Gutierrez b 1928
173
Dorothy Day 18971980
190
Pope John Paul II 19202005
220
Martin Luther King Jr 19291968
439
William Stringfellow 19281985
465
John Howard Yoder 19271997
481
Introduction to the Modern Orthodox Tradition
503
Vladimir Soloviev 18531900
533
Nicholas Berdyaev 18741948
576
Vladimir Nikolaievich Lossky 19031958
612
Mother Maria Skobtsova 18911945
649

Introduction to Modern Protestantism
261
Abraham Kuyper 18271920
288
PELLAUER
328
GEORGE HUNSINGER
352
Dietrich Bonhoeffer 19061945
381
Reinhold Niebuhr 18921971
412
Dumitru Staniloae 19031993
685
Reflections on Christian Jurisprudence and Political Philosophy
715
An Ecumenical Christian Jurisprudence
752
List of Contributors
765
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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.

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