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God's Joust, God's Justice
Law and Religion in the Western Tradition
POD; Published: 10/31/2006
ISBN: 978-0-8028-4421-7
Price: $ 44.50
512 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Series: Emory University Studies in Law and Religion (EUSLR)

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.
Max L. Stackhouse
— Princeton Theological Seminary
"Traces the historic struggles that generated the constitutional separation of church and state and shows that they do not demand a wall between faith-based morality and public policy, a politics with no place for religious ethics, or the silence of theology when jurisprudence speaks. Witte is known for his careful studies of the mutual influence of religion and law in the formation of human rights, modern democracy, and family life. He is alert to the various threats in these areas posed today by bad theology or bad law. In this volume he draws such themes together to offer a spiritually and legally compelling view of those contemporary issues that vex public debates."
Richard John Neuhaus
— editor in chief of First Things
"John Witte displays a masterful grasp of the history and contemporary relevance of efforts to establish in law justice both human and divine."
Christian Century
"The future of our society depends on religious communities that can supply the narrative that will ground the work of human rights. Witte's welcome book is an important wake-up call."