Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought

Edited by Michael W. McConnell and Angela C. Carmella; With a foreword by Harold J. Berman

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This book explores for the first time the broad range of ways in which Christian thought intersects with American legal theory. Eminent legal scholars—including Stephen Carter, Thomas Shaffer, Elizabeth Mensch, Gerard Bradley, and Marci Hamilton—describe how various Christian traditions, including the Catholic, Calvinist, Anabaptist, and Lutheran traditions, understand law and justice, society and the state, and human nature and human striving. The book reveals not only the diversity among Christian legal thinkers but also the richness of the Christian tradition as a source for intellectual and ethical approaches to legal inquiry.

The contributors bring various perspectives to the subject. Some engage the prominent schools of legal thought: liberalism, legal realism, critical legal studies, feminism, critical race theory, and law and economics. Others address substantive areas, including environmental, criminal, contract, torts, and family law, as well as professional responsibility. Together the essays introduce a new school of legal thought that will make a signal contribution to contemporary discussions of law.

Michael W. McConnell is Presidential Professor at the University of Utah College of Law. Robert F. Cochran, Jr., is Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. Angela C. Carmella is professor of law at Seton Hall University School of Law. Harold J. Berman is Robert W. Woodruff Professor at Emory University School of Law.


Contributors to this volume:
Joseph G. Allegretti, Albert W. Alschuler, Stephen M. Bainbridge, Harold J. Berman, Gerard V. Bradley, Angela C. Carmella, Stephen L. Carter, W. Burlette Carter, David S. Caudill, Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Teresa Stanton Collett, Davison M. Douglas, Richard F. Duncan, Marie A. Failinger, George E. Garvey, Leslie Griffin, Timothy L. Hall, Marci A. Hamilton, Phillip E. Johnson, José Roberto Juárez, Jr., Patrick R. Keifert, C. M. A. McCauliff, Michael W. McConnell, Elizabeth Mensch, John Copeland Nagle, H. Jefferson Powell, Thomas L. Shaffer, David M. Smolin, John Witte, Jr.

"A substantial contribution to both legal thought and to the literature of faith and learning. . . . What is remarkable about Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought is the collective sophistication of the essays performing this pathbreaking work. . . . A book that consistently stimulates and delights. . . . Anyone—Christian or not--interested in how the American legal system ought to function in a pluralistic society that remains strikingly religious should read and reflect on this book."—Donald A. Yerxa, Books & Culture

“A remarkable achievement.”—Myron Steeves, Philosophia Christi

“The beauty of this volume is not so much that it provides a genuine replacement for the fuzzy critical legal studies ‘philosophy.’ Rather, it lays out neatly and cogently the moral predicates of American jurisprudence. Its subject matter is the substitute structure for critical legal studies. The editors have collected a couple dozen scholarly essays devoted to the proposition that ours is more than a secular society. Clearly, the authors know their stuff.”—J. Paul Giuliani, Vermont Bar Journal

ISBN: 9780300087505
Publication Date: November 10, 2001
544 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4