Lutheran Theology and Secular Law: The Work of the Modern State

1st Edition

Marie A. Failinger, Ronald W. Duty

Routledge
Published April 19, 2018
Reference - 190 Pages
ISBN 9781138245136 - CAT# Y310490
Series: ICLARS Series on Law and Religion

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Summary

This collection brings together lawyers and theologians in the U.S. and Europe to reflect on Lutheran understandings of the political use of the law by secular governments. The book furthers the intellectual conversation about how Lutheran insights can be used to develop jurisprudence and specific solutions to legal issues in which there is strong conflict. It presents the basic theological and interpretive assumptions of the Lutheran tradition as they may inform the creation of legislation and judicial interpretation at local, national and international levels. The authors explore Luther’s conception of the foundations of modern secular law and understanding of vocation. The work discusses the application of Lutheran theological principles to contemporary issues such as the war on terror, native land rights, property law, family law, church and state, medical experimentation, and the criminal law of rape, providing ethical insights for lawyers and lawmakers.

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