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

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

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

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

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

In 1998, the Lilly Endowment, Inc., in Indianapolis was kind enough to furnish me with a very generous grant to write a series of studies on the historical contributions of mainline Protestantism, particularly Reformed Calvinism, to the development of Western law. This grant provided me with something that every academic covets dearly — time. Time to visit archives and libraries, time to read and reflect, time to translate and interpret, time to plan and write. This grant has provided me with the luxury of thinking through and mapping out a series of studies on cardinal issues of law, politics, and society. I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to Craig Dykstra and his colleagues at Lilly for their generous solicitude and confidence in me, and to Don Browning of the University of Chicago, who recommended my project so enthusiastically to the Endowment.

Over the past decade, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Inc., in Philadelphia was kind enough to furnish our Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University with several very generous grants to run a series of projects on religious liberty and human rights; marriage, children, and family life; and Christian Jurisprudence. in the past three years, the Alonzo McDonald Family Foundation has blessed us with two further generous grants to extend this work into new fields of scholarship on religious freedom and the rule of law. These grants provided me with a second thing that every academic covets dearly — conversation. Serious conversations have been the happy hallmarks of the dozens of faculty seminars, roundtable conferences, public forums, and major conferences that our Center has been able to convene over the past few years. It has been edifying to converse with so many distinguished colleagues and visiting scholars and to watch their ideas explode into vibrant new lectures and writings. I want to . . .

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