This collection, by leading legal scholars, judges and practitioners, together with theologians and church historians, presents historical, theological, philosophical and legal perspectives on Christianity and criminal law.
Following a Preface by Lord Judge, formerly Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and an introductory chapter, the book is divided into four thematic sections. Part I addresses the historical contributions of Christianity to criminal law drawing on biblical sources, early church fathers and canonists, as far as the Enlightenment. Part II, titled Christianity and the principles of criminal law, compares crime and sin, examines concepts of mens rea and intention, and considers the virtue of due process within criminal justice. Part III looks at Christianity and criminal offences, considering their Christian origins and continuing relevance for several basic crimes that every legal system prohibits. Finally, in Part IV, the authors consider Christianity and the enforcement of criminal law, looking at defences, punishment and forgiveness.
The book will be an invaluable resource for students and academics working in the areas of Law and Religion, Legal Philosophy and Theology.
Table of Contents
Preface - Lord Judge
Mark Hill QC
- Criminal Law in the Old Testament: Homicide, the Problem of Mens Rea, and God
Brent A. Strawn
- Conflicting Criminal Jurisdictions in Early Christianity
- Crime and the Canon Law
R. H. Helmholz
- Retaliation: Christian Reasons for Punishment: An overview
- Christianity and the Liberal Enlightenment Reforms of Criminal Law
- The Nature of Sin and Crime: Spiritual and Civil Jurisdictions Compared
- Christianity, Mens Rea and the Boundaries of Criminal Liability
- Christianity, Human Dignity and Due Process
Peter Collier QC
- Christianity and Crimes Against the State
Nathan S. Chapman
- Christianity and Offences Against the Person
David Etherington QC
- Law Like Love Like Language: The Christian Uses of Property Crime
John F. Stinneford
- Crimes against God and the Church
- Sex Crimes and Christianity
John Witte, Jr.
- Attempts, Complicity, Virtue and the Limits of the Law
Richard W. Garnett
- Defences: Justification, Excuse and Provocation
- Punishment, Forgiveness, and Mercy
- Justice, Mercy and Equality in Discretionary Criminal Justice Decision-making
Albert W. Alschuler
- Parole, Risk Assessment of Offenders and Christianity
Sir John Saunders
- Judicial Punishment in Transitional Justice: A Christian Restorative Approach
- The Weight of Judgment
Nathan S. Chapman
Historical Contributions of Christianity to Criminal Law
Christianity and the Principles of Criminal Law
Christianity and Criminal Offences
Christianity and the Enforcement of Criminal Law
Mark Hill QC practises from Chambers in the Inner Temple, London, and is Associate Professor at Cardiff University, UK; the University of Pretoria, South Africa; King's College London, UK; and Notre Dame University Law School, Sydney, Australia.
Norman Doe is Professor of Law at Cardiff University, UK, and Director of its Centre for Law and Religion.
RH Helmholz is the Ruth Wyatt Rosenson Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, USA.
John Witte, Jr. is Woodruff University Professor of Law, McDonald Distinguished Professor of Religion and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, USA.