Theology and Law: Partners Or Protagonists?
Rev'd Dr Gordon Preece is Director of Macquarie Christian Studies Institute at Macquarie University (MCSI) and involved in the ongoing professional development of Christian lawyers. He is editor most recently of Rethinking Peter Singer (IVP, 2002) and with Simon Holt,...
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Rev'd Dr Gordon Preece is Director of Macquarie Christian Studies Institute at Macquarie University (MCSI) and involved in the ongoing professional development of Christian lawyers. He is editor most recently of Rethinking Peter Singer (IVP, 2002) and with Simon Holt, The Bible and the Business of Life (ATF Press, 2004).
In addressing the topic of 'Theology and law: partners or protagonists?' there several approaches one could take. One would be highly theoretical level looking at the very nature of both disciplines/institutions. Second, a less theoretical and technical approach might look for some essential themes that have resonance with the other discipline. Thirdly, one could investigate the nature of integrative approaches to the two areas. These options, while all having their own merits, are not pursued.A fourth manner would be to examine a range of contentious issues where law adjudicates the contested boundary between an allegedly secular society and public religion. The editors of this volume have adopted this fourth approach and added a fifth approach, one designed to get beyond a mere issue-based dilemmas approach to ask questions about character formation of professionals in the light of the narratives-both theological and experiential-which sustain Christian and ethical character. Thus t
Gordon Preece is the Executive Director, Urban Seed an ecumenical Christian, not for profit agency that is committed to engaging faith, community and culture in the heart of Melbourne. He has a doctorate on work ethics and is author, editor of ten books on work and ethics including Whose Homosexuality? Which Authority?; Rethinking Peter Singer, Theology And Law: Partners Or Protagonists?; Bible And The Business Of Life, and Changing Work Values. He has led Anglican churches, Ridley College Residential College and Centre for Applied Christian Ethics, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute at Macquarie University. He is a visiting lecturer on Ethical Risk in Finance at Macquarie University School of Applied Finance and Ethical advisor to Christian Super.