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Theology and Jurisprudence. A Good Partnership?

9 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2017 Last revised: 18 Jun 2017

Rafael Domingo

Emory University School of Law; University of Navarra

Date Written: March 9, 2017


In this piece, I will argue for the fittingness of restoring in the era of secularization the dialogue between theology, the rational discourse about the divine, and the jurisprudence of the secular legal system. From a secular point of view, it is suitable for legal thinkers and legal philosophers to be familiar with theology, just as it is best for an architect to be familiar with the type of soil on which to build a structure. From a theological point of view, it is also appropriate for theologians to be familiar with the secular-legal, just as it is suitable for an environmental soil scientist to know the type of structures that can be built on a landscape. Interactions, synergies and communication between sciences play an important role in the development of a scientist’s knowledge.

Keywords: Theology, Jurisprudence, religion, Legal System, Secularism

Suggested Citation

Domingo, Rafael, Theology and Jurisprudence. A Good Partnership? (March 9, 2017). Journal of Law and Religion, 32, 2017, pp.79-85. Available at SSRN:

Rafael Domingo (Contact Author)

Emory University School of Law ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30322
United States


University of Navarra ( email )

Universidad de Navarra
Campus Universitario
Pamplona, Navarra 31009

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