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

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2006 M10 31 - 498 pages
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.

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Contents

A Short History of Western Rights
31
Freedom of a Christian Human Dignity Liberty and Equality in the Theology of Martin Luther
49
A Dickensian Era of Religious Rights Catholic Protestant and Orthodox Contributions
63
Soul Wars in Russia The Clash of Eastern and Western Christianity over Religion and Liberty
114
LAW AND RELIGION IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND TODAY
141
How to Govern a City on a Hill Puritan Contributions to American Constitutional Law and Liberty
143
Religious Rights in EighteenthCentury America The Original Understanding of the First Amendment
169
That Serpentine Wall of Separation Between Church and State
207
The Goods and Goals of Marriage in the Western Tradition
322
More Than a Mere Contract Marriage As Contract and Covenant in Law and Theology
364
The Perils of Clerical Celibacy
386
Ishmaels Bane The Sin and Crime of Illegitimacy Reconsidered
398
The Duties of Love The Vocation of the Child in the Household Manual Tradition
423
The Challenges of Christian Jurisprudence in Modern Times
450
The Cathedral of the Law
466
Permissions
468

Adams versus Jefferson From Establishment to Freedom of Public Religion
243
The Three Uses of the Law A Protestant Source of the Purposes of Criminal Punishment?
263
LAW RELIGION AND THE FAMILY
293
An Apt and Cheerful Conversation on Marriage
295
General Index
471
Index to Biblical Sources
496
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Page 245 - That no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.
Page 422 - Thou, nature, art my goddess ; to thy law My services are bound : Wherefore should I Stand in the plague of custom ; and permit The curiosity of nations to deprive me, For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon-shines Lag of a brother?
Page 191 - That religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence ; and, therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience ; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love and charity towards each other.
Page 238 - Jefferson the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect "a wall of separation between Church and State.
Page 149 - And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship.
Page 238 - ... a wall of separation between Church and State.' Reynolds v. United States." What does separation involve? Justice Black said: The "establishment of religion" clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another.
Page 196 - No person demeaning himself in a peaceable and orderly manner, shall ever be molested on account of his mode of worship or religious sentiments, in the said territory.
Page 222 - God. Promises, covenants, and oaths, which are the bonds of human society, can have no hold upon an atheist. The taking away of God, though but even in thought, dissolves all.
Page 221 - I take to be a voluntary society of men, joining themselves together of their own accord, in order to the public worshipping of God, in such a manner as they judge acceptable to him, and effectual to the salvation of their souls.
Page 155 - ... opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence, or surprise, of entering into an original, explicit, and solemn compact with each other; and of forming a new constitution of civil government, for ourselves and posterity; and devoutly imploring His direction in so interesting a design, do agree upon, ordain, and establish, the following Declaration of Rights, and Frame of Government, as the CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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