Introduction to Rafael Domingo and John Witte, Jr., eds. Christianity and Global Law
Christianity and Global Law (London: Routledge, 2020), xii-xiii
17 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2019 Last revised: 27 Aug 2020
Date Written: 2020
This is a brief introduction to a book that explores both historical and contemporary Christian sources and dimensions of global law and includes critical perspectives from various religious and philosophical traditions. In this book, two dozen leading scholars discuss the constituent principles of this new global legal order historically, comparatively, and currently. The first part uses a historical-biographical approach to study a few of the major Christian architects of global law and transnational legal theory, from St. Paul to Jacques Maritain. The second part distills the deep Christian sources and dimensions of the main principles of global law, historically and today, separating out the distinct Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian contributions as appropriate. Finally, the authors address a number of pressing global issues and challenges, where a Christian-informed legal perspective can and should have deep purchase and influence. The work makes no claim that Christianity is the only historical shaper of global law, nor that it should monopolize the theory and practice of global law today. But the book does insist that Christianity, as one of the world’s great religions, has deep norms and practices, ideas and institutions, prophets and procedures that can be of benefit as the world struggles to find global legal resources to confront humanity’s greatest challenges.
Keywords: global law, Christianity, international law, global governance, rule of law, dignity, sovereignty, natural law, natural rights, international law, solidarity, sovereignty, Bible, global health, pandemic
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