Religion and rights

John Witte has written a book that is profoundly in touch with the intractable issues in U.S. public life and in that of the West generally. Professor of law and ethics at the Emory University School of Law and director of its Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Witte takes what he calls a binocular view of religion and law, respecting them as distinct enterprises that are nevertheless very much in need of each other and inescapably intertwined in the history of Western public culture. He writes out of a strong belief in God’s providential governance of history and understands that religious conviction and articulation are indispensable and “ineradicable” elements in the public process of history. (The joust in the title is a word from Martin Luther, who takes history as “God’s joust.”)


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