Law and the Bible: Justice, Mercy and Legal Institutions
The Bible is full of law. Yet too often, Christians either pick and choose verses out of context to bolster existing positions, or assume that any moral judgment the Bible expresses should become the law of the land. Law and...
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The Bible is full of law. Yet too often, Christians either pick and choose verses out of context to bolster existing positions, or assume that any moral judgment the Bible expresses should become the law of the land. Law and the Bible asks: What inspired light does the Bible shed on Christians? participation in contemporary legal systems? It concludes that more often than not the Bible overturns our faulty assumptions and skewed commitments rather than bolsters them. In the process, God gives us greater insight into what all of life, including law, should be. Each chapter is cowritten by a legal professional and a theologian, and focuses on a key aspect of the biblical witness concerning civil or positive law--that is, law that human societies create to order their communities, implementing and enforcing it through civil government. A foundational text for legal professionals, law and prelaw students, and all who want to think in a faithfully Christian way about law and their relationship to it.
David VanDrunen (J.D., Northwestern University School of Law; Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago) is Robert B. Strimple associate professor of systematic theology and Christian ethics, Westminster Seminary California, Escondido, California. He is the author of Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions; The Law is not of Faith: Essays on Works and Grace in the Mosaic Covenant; A Biblical Case for Natural Law; Law and Custom: The Thought of Thomas Aquinas and the Future of the Common Law and Living in God's Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture, and editor of The Pattern of Sound Doctrine: Systematic Theology at the Westminster Seminaries: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Strimple