Practicing Law as a Christian: Restoration Movement Perspectives

19 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2008

Date Written: 2005


The legal profession faces a potential crisis where the professional and personal lives of practicing lawyers are being compartmentalized, with little relationship to or integration with each other, and with sometimes starkly differing standards of conduct and morality. Perrin and Bost argue that a Christian lawyer's commitment to Christ calls them to a standard of conduct higher than or different from the ethical rules propounded by the bar. The article examines the "standard vision" of lawyer conduct and ethical responsibility and summarizes four models of how Christians have adopted in relating to secular culture: in harmony with the code; against the code; in tension with the code; and transforming the code. The authors then provide an overview and history of the restoration movement. The goal of the restoration movement was to bring unity to the Christian church by restoring the beliefs and practices of first century Christianity. One of the primary means of this goal was by emphasizing adherence to the Biblical text, instead of human creeds. Bost and Perrin conclude this article by recognizing the helpful counterbalance to the standard vision of lawyering the restoration movement provides.

Keywords: restoration movement, legal profession

JEL Classification: K49

Suggested Citation

Bost, Thomas and Perrin, L. Timothy, Practicing Law as a Christian: Restoration Movement Perspectives (2005). Pepperdine Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2005, Available at SSRN:

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