03 July 2019

BOOK: Daniel L. DREISBACH and Mark David HALL, eds., Great Christian Jurists in American History [Law and Christianity] (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). ISBN 9781108475358, £ 99.99

(Source: CUP)

Cambridge University Press has just published a new book on great Christian jurists in American history.  


From the early days of European settlement in North America, Christianity has had a profound impact on American law and culture. This volume profiles nineteen of America's most influential Christian jurists from the early colonial era to the present day. Anyone interested in American legal history and jurisprudence, the role Christianity has played throughout the nation's history, and the relationship between faith and law will enjoy this worthy and unique study. The jurists covered in this collection were pious men and women, but that does not mean they agreed on how faith should inform law. From Roger Williams and John Cotton to Antonin Scalia and Mary Ann Glendon, America's great Christian jurists have brought their faith to bear on the practice of law in different ways and to different effects.


Daniel L. DreisbachAmerican University, Washington DC
Daniel L. Dreisbach is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at the American University in Washington, DC. His research interests include the intersection of religion, law, and politics in American public life. He has authored or edited ten books, including Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State (2002) and Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers (2017). He has published numerous book chapters, reviews, and articles in scholarly journals, including American Journal of Legal History, the Journal of Church and State, Politics and Religion, and William and Mary Quarterly.

Mark David HallGeorge Fox University
Mark David Hall is Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics and Faculty Fellow in the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University. Mark has written, edited, or co-edited a dozen books, including Did America Have a Christian Founding?: Separating Modern Myth from Historical Truth (forthcoming); Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic (2013); and The Sacred Rights of Conscience: Selected Readings on Religious Liberty and Church-State Relations in the American Founding (2009).


Introduction Christianity and American law Daniel L. Dreisbach
1. Roger Williams and John Cotton Glenn A. Moots
2. John Winthrop and the covenantal ideal Darren Staloff
3. Friendly laws: William Penn's Christian jurisprudence Andrew R. Murphy
4. The friendly jurisprudence and early feminism of John Dickinson Jane E. Calvert
5. Roger Sherman, Oliver Ellsworth, and the formation of America's constitutional order Mark David Hall
6. John Jay: the first Chief Justice Wendell Bird
7. James Wilson Donald L. Drakeman
8. Was Justice Joseph Story a Christian constitutionalist? James Stoner
9. Harvard's evangelist of evidence: Simon Greenleaf's Christian common sense Daniel David Blinka
10. John Marshall Harlan the Elder, Christian Jurist Linda Przybyszewski
11. Judicial conservatism and Protestant faith: the case of Justice David J. Brewer Linda Przybyszewski
12. John T. Noonan, Jr: Catholic Jurist and Judge Charles J. Reid, Jr
13. The integrative Christian jurisprudence of Harold J. Berman John Witte
14. Antonin Scalia: devout Christian
worldly judge Thomas C. Berg
15. The insights and transitions of Mary Ann Glendon Paolo G. Carozza
16. A reformed liberalism: Michael McConnell's contributions to Christian jurisprudence Nathan S. Chapman
17. The jurisprudence of Robert P. George Gerard V. Bradley.

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