The Teachings of Modern Orthodox Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

Edited by John Witte Jr. and Frank S. Alexander. Introduction by Paul Valliere

Columbia University Press

The Teachings of Modern Orthodox Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

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Pub Date: August 2007

ISBN: 9780231142656

408 Pages

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The Teachings of Modern Orthodox Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

Edited by John Witte Jr. and Frank S. Alexander. Introduction by Paul Valliere

Columbia University Press

The Teachings of Modern Orthodox Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature examines how modern Orthodox Christian thinkers have answered the most pressing political, legal, and ethical questions of our time. It discusses the enduring teachings of important Orthodox Christian intellectuals of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Leading contemporary scholars analyze these thinkers' views on the nature and purpose of law and authority, the limits of rule and obedience, the care of the needy and innocent, the ethics of war and violence, and the separation of church and state, among other themes. A diverse and powerful portrait of Orthodox Christian legal and political thought, this volume underscores the various ways Orthodox Christian intellectuals have shaped modern debates over the family, the state, religion, and society. The book concentrates on Russian philosophers Vladimir Soloviev (1853-1900) and Vladimir Lossky (1903-1958); Russian theologian Nicholas Berdyaev (1874-1948); Russian nun and social reformer Mother Maria Skobtsova (1891-1945); and Romanian theologian Dumitru St?niloae (1903-1993).
Rarely have the riches of modern theology and theological anthropology been so incisively analyzed for their insights into the fundamentals of our modern political condition. Jean Bethke Elshtain, University of Chicago
Crisp, informative, even-handed, and, above all, interesting. It is a joy to learn what riches there are in modern times in the major Christian traditions. Robert N. Bellah, University of California, Berkeley
A useful resource and a powerful inspiration. Rebecca S. Chopp, President, Colgate University; Former President, American Academy of Religion
Extraordinary and exciting book, which deserves a wide audience. Adam A.J. DeVille, Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction, by John Witte Jr. and Frank S. Alexander
Introduction to the Modern Orthodox Tradition, by Paul Valliere
Vladimir Soloviev (1853-1900)
Nicholas Berdyaev (1874-1948)
Vladimir Nikolaievich Lossky (1903-1958)
Mother Maria Skobtsova (1891-1945)
Dumitru Staniloae (1903-1993)
Copyright Information
Index to Biblical Citations
General Index

About the Author

John Witte Jr. is the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He has published 120 articles and 20 books, including Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation and The Reformation of Rights: Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Early Modern Calvinism. Frank S. Alexander is Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He has published a dozen volumes, including The Weightier Matters of the Law: Essays on Law and Religion.