Books in search of an author

"Of making many books there is no end,” says Ecclesiastes. Certainly more books are made than can be read, and many are produced that probably didn’t need to be. But there are some books that yet need to be written. Here are six suggestions:

I have been waiting for a book on the theology of immigration. In the 16th century the Spanish theologian Francisco deVitoria wrote a theological treatise titled “On the American Indians,” in which he examined Spanish imperial claims to the recently “discovered” lands and peoples. Vitoria refused to let lawyers settle the public policy issues, although jurists certainly had their place in the discussion. He also refused to treat the question of the legitimacy of Spanish claims as settled. Instead, he patiently examined these claims through the framework of Thomas Aquinas’s theology of law.

 

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