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God's Joust, God's Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition (John, Jr Witte) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2006) 9780802844217
God's Joust, God's Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition (John, Jr Witte) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2006) 9780802844217
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Title: God's Joust, God's Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition

Author: Witte, John, Jr

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2006

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802844217

Volumes: 1; Pages: 464

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There are three things that people will die for--their faith, their freedom, and their family. This volume studies all three, and 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. This volume 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.Scholars of law, theology, history, ethics, marriage, politics, American studies, and human rights will find this volume an invaluable classroom text, commuter companion, and armchair paperback.CONTENTSForewordAbbreviationsIntroduction: God's Joust, God's JusticeLAW, RELIGION, AND HUMAN RIGHTS1. A Short History of Western Rights2. Freedom of a Christian: Human Dignity, Liberty, and Equality in the Theology of Martin Luther3. A Dickensian Era of Religious Rights: Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Contributions4. Soul Wars in Russia: The Clash of Eastern and Western Christianity over Religion and LibertyLAW AND RELIGION IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND TODAY5. How to Govern a City on a Hill: Puritan Contributions to American Constitutional Law and Liberty6. Religious Rights in Eighteenth-Century America: The Original Understanding of the First Amendment7. That Serpentine Wall of Separation Between Church and State8. Adams versus Jefferson: From Establishment to Freedom of Public Religion9. The Three Uses of the Law: A Protestant Source of the Purposes of Criminal Punishment?LAW, RELIGION, AND THE FAMILY10. An Apt and Cheerful Conversation on Marriage11. The Goods and Goals of Marriage in the Western Tradition12. More Than a Mere Contract: Marriage As Contract and Covenant in Law and Theology13. The Perils of Clerical Celibacy14. Ishmael's Bane: The Sin and Crime of Illegitimacy Reconsidered15. The Duties of Love: The Vocation of the Child in the Household Manual TraditionConclusion: The Challenges of Christian Jurisprudence in Modern TimesAfterword: The Cathedral of the LawPermissionsGeneral IndexIndex to Biblical Sources
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