Is There a “Higher Law”? Does It Matter?

Monday, April 13, 2009 | Comments Off on Is There a “Higher Law”? Does It Matter?

In his Letter From a Birmingham Jail (Letter), Martin Luther King, Jr. undertook to respond to critics of his activities.’ As King explained, he (an “outsider,” in the view of his critics) was in Birmingham not solely because he...

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Theology and the Higher Law

Sunday, April 12, 2009 | Comments Off on Theology and the Higher Law

I could never have done radio without a boost from an atheist, and some help from the old priest-rabbi-and-a-minister routine. My very first radio broadcast included those very same clergypeople as the panel on KABC’s “Religion on the Line”...

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Law, Higher Law, and Human Making

Saturday, April 11, 2009 | Comments Off on Law, Higher Law, and Human Making

This paper is a preliminary investigation of what Christian theology might teach us about the nature of human creative activity and its relationship to judging and lawmaking. Rather than attempt to survey and synthesize multiple theological accounts of human...

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Law and Redemption: Political Judgment and the Church’s Proclamation

Friday, April 10, 2009 | Comments Off on Law and Redemption: Political Judgment and the Church’s Proclamation

To situate the human enterprise of giving law or political judgment within a theological understanding of “the higher law” is to situate the political reality of human freedom within a theological understanding of the total reality of human freedom....

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What Can We Hope For from Law?

Thursday, April 9, 2009 | Comments Off on What Can We Hope For from Law?

What can a lawyer of faith hope for, and expect from, law? This Essay, based on the 2008 Louis Brandeis Lecture given at Pepperdine University, discusses why and how this question matters not just as a matter of theory...

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Cain’s Law

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 | Comments Off on Cain’s Law

In the heady days of Critical Legal Studies (CLS) conferences, we rarely discussed Bible stories. I am going to start, however, with Cain and Abel, or at least with an amateur Augustinian take on Cain and Abel. As Oliver...

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