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

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Oct 31, 2006 - Law - 498 pages
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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Contents

A Short History of Western Rights
31
Freedom of a Christian Human Dignity Liberty and Equality in the Theology of Martin Luther
49
A Dickensian Era of Religious Rights Catholic Protestant and Orthodox Contributions
63
Soul Wars in Russia The Clash of Eastern and Western Christianity over Religion and Liberty
114
LAW AND RELIGION IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND TODAY
141
How to Govern a City on a Hill Puritan Contributions to American Constitutional Law and Liberty
143
Religious Rights in EighteenthCentury America The Original Understanding of the First Amendment
169
That Serpentine Wall of Separation Between Church and State
207
The Goods and Goals of Marriage in the Western Tradition
322
More Than a Mere Contract Marriage As Contract and Covenant in Law and Theology
364
The Perils of Clerical Celibacy
386
Ishmaels Bane The Sin and Crime of Illegitimacy Reconsidered
398
The Duties of Love The Vocation of the Child in the Household Manual Tradition
423
The Challenges of Christian Jurisprudence in Modern Times
450
The Cathedral of the Law
466
Permissions
468

Adams versus Jefferson From Establishment to Freedom of Public Religion
243
The Three Uses of the Law A Protestant Source of the Purposes of Criminal Punishment?
263
LAW RELIGION AND THE FAMILY
293
An Apt and Cheerful Conversation on Marriage
295

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