Christianity and Law: An Introduction

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Edition: 1st
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Pub. Date: 2008-06-02
Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
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Summary

What impact has Christianity had on the law from its beginnings to the present day? This introduction explores the main legal teachings of Western Christianity, set out in the texts and traditions of scripture and theology, philosophy and jurisprudence. It takes up the weightier matters of the law that Christianity has profoundly shaped - justice and mercy, rule and equity, discipline and love - as well as more technical topics of canon law, natural law, and state law. Some of these legal creations were wholly original to Christianity. Others were converted from Jewish and classical traditions. Still others were reformed by Renaissance humanists and Enlightenment philosophies. But whether original or reformed, these Christian teachings on law, politics and society have made and can continue to make fundamental contributions to modern law in the West and beyond.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. ix
List of contributorsp. xii
Prefacep. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Law and religion in Judaismp. 33
Law in early Christianityp. 53
Western canon lawp. 71
Natural law and natural rightsp. 89
Conscientious objection, civil disobedience, and resistancep. 105
The Christian sources of general contract lawp. 125
Proof, procedure, and evidencep. 143
Family law and Christian jurisprudencep. 163
Poverty, charity, and social welfarep. 185
Property and Christian theologyp. 205
Christian love and criminal punishmentp. 219
Christianity and human rightsp. 237
Religious libertyp. 249
Modern church lawp. 271
Religious organizations and the state: the laws of ecclesiastical polity and the civil courtsp. 293
Christianity and the large-scale corporationp. 311
Index to biblical textsp. 329
General indexp. 333
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