Is There an Implicit Theology in the Practice of Ordinary Law?

9 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2008

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Joseph Vining

University of Michigan Law School

Date Written: October 10, 2008


Law is not a social science. Its sister disciplines are not economics, sociology, social psychology, and political science. Does law have a sister discipline? This paper is an inquiry into whether the affinities between law and theology are such that law and theology might be viewed as sister disciplines, each a source of help to the other in its own understanding of what it contributes to thought and action in the world.

Keywords: Law and theology, law and religion, law and social science, law and economics, law and sociology, law and psychology, law and political science, law and history, law and biology, jurisprudence, legal practice, individual, legal person, equality, creativity, time, legal rules, legal mind, legal proc

JEL Classification: B30, K00

Suggested Citation

Vining, Joseph, Is There an Implicit Theology in the Practice of Ordinary Law? (October 10, 2008). Mercer Law Review Vol. 53, No. 3, U of Michigan Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 08-019, U of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 129, Available at SSRN:

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