A New Concordance on Discordant Canons: Harold Berman on Law and Religion

The Integrative Jurisprudence of Harold J. Berman, Howard O. Hunter, ed., p. 523-560, Westview Press, 1993

Emory Legal Studies Research Paper

20 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2011 Last revised: 30 Nov 2017

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John Witte

Emory University School of Law

Date Written: 1993

Abstract

This Chapter analyzes the sources, themes, and challenges to Harold J. Berman’s life-long work in law and religion. The sources of this work lie, in part in Berman’s desire to integrate law schools and colleges, to integrate theories of natural law, legal positivism, and historical jurisprudence, and to apply to legal studies his theological beliefs about time and reconciliation. Berman calls for greater study of the legal dimensions of religion, the religious dimensions of law, and the interaction of legal and religious ideas, institutions, methods, and practices. He calls ultimately for the creation and reconciliation of a global faith and world legal system in the next century – no small challenge for a world beset by strong conflict and crisis.

Keywords: Harold J. Berman; Integration; Synthesis; Law and Religion; Dialectics

Suggested Citation

Witte, John, A New Concordance on Discordant Canons: Harold Berman on Law and Religion (1993). The Integrative Jurisprudence of Harold J. Berman, Howard O. Hunter, ed., p. 523-560, Westview Press, 1993; Emory Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1851136

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