As players in the drama of human society, we are only dimly aware of the whole sweep of the story. While savage excess occasionally prevails, we still struggle to reflect God's image and order in our societies.Using law and religion as a pair of lenses, John Witte expertly surveys the stormy yet lush landscape of the western tradition. After a concise history of rights inAs players in the drama of human society, we are only dimly aware of the whole sweep of the story. While savage excess occasionally prevails, we still struggle to reflect God's image and order in our societies.Using law and religion as a pair of lenses, John Witte expertly surveys the stormy yet lush landscape of the western tradition. After a concise history of rights in the west, he then focuses on a diverse yet coherent series of landmarks, from Luther's "Freedom of a Christian" to contemporary Russian religious freedom, from battles over the First Amendment to the ongoing importance of marriage. Throughout, Witte's reflections center on the constant tension between religion and law, between church and state. God's Joust, God's Justice" provides a clear vista of the debates over law and religion in the west, enabling readers to competently proceed towards a more integrated understanding of these foundational elements of western democracy....
|Title||:||God's Joust, God's Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition|
|Number of Pages||:||512 Pages|
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God's Joust, God's Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition Reviews
I started reading this book along about the beginning of November 2012, so it took me over two months to read it. I enjoyed this book, even though it’s rather ponderous, as it highlights how much the American legal system (and what we regard as part of the legal system) is due to our Western Civilization heritage of Christianity.This book is divided into three major parts. The section on Law, Religion, and Human Rights considers what is considered to be a right and what is not. Law and Religion in American History and Today goes into the Puritan contributions to our understanding of the interrelationship between law and religion, how the Separation between Church and State came to be, a contrasting of the views of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams regarding constitutional matters, and the Three Purposes of the Law, which includes a consideration of the Purposes of Capital Punishment. The final section is Law, Religion, and the Family, considering such items as The Goods and Goals of Marriage, Illegitimacy Reconsidered, and The Duties of Love between parents and children.To quote the author, “Law and religion . . . are two great interlocking systems of ideas and institutions, values and beliefs . . . Without law, religion decays into shallow spiritualism. Without religion, law decays into empty formalism.”