The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature
John Witte, Frank S. Alexander
Columbia University Press, 2006 - Reference - 806 pages
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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Introduction to Modern Catholicism
Pope Leo XIII 18101903
Jacques Maritain 18821973
John Courtney Murray 19041967
Pope John XXIII 18811963
Gustavo Gutierrez b 1928
Dorothy Day 18971980
Pope John Paul II 19202005
Martin Luther King Jr 19291968
William Stringfellow 19281985
John Howard Yoder 19271997
Introduction to the Modern Orthodox Tradition
Vladimir Soloviev 18531900
Nicholas Berdyaev 18741948
Vladimir Nikolaievich Lossky 19031958
Mother Maria Skobtsova 18911945
Introduction to Modern Protestantism
Abraham Kuyper 18271920
Dietrich Bonhoeffer 19061945
Reinhold Niebuhr 18921971
Dumitru Staniloae 19031993
Reflections on Christian Jurisprudence and Political Philosophy
An Ecumenical Christian Jurisprudence
List of Contributors