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1st Edition

Christianity and the Law of Migration

ISBN 9780367486693
Published September 6, 2021 by Routledge
392 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection brings together legal scholars and Christian theologians for an interdisciplinary conversation responding to the challenges of global migration.

Gathering 14 leading scholars from both law and Christian theology, the book covers legal perspectives, theological perspectives, and key concepts in migration studies. In Part 1, scholars of migration law and policy discuss the legal landscape of migration at both the domestic and international level. In Part 2, Christian theologians, ethicists, and biblical scholars draw on the resources of the Christian tradition to think about migration. In Part 3, each chapter is co-authored by a scholar of law and a scholar of Christian theology, who bring their respective resources and perspectives into conversation on key themes within migration studies.

The work provides a truly interdisciplinary introduction to the topic of migration for those who are new to the subject; an opportunity for immigration lawyers and legal scholars to engage Christian theology; an opportunity for pastors and Christian theologians to engage law; and new insights on key frameworks for scholars who are already committed to the study of migration.

Table of Contents


Foreword: Displacement and Trauma
Emilie M. Townes

Introduction: Law and Theology in the Age of Migration
Silas W. Allard

Part One: The Law of Migration

1 Exclusion, Admission, and Deportation: Categorical Evolution and Normative Challenges
Daniel Kanstroom

2 The Institutionalization of Inequality: Lower-Skilled and Undocumented Workers in Immigration Law
Enid Trucios-Haynes

3 In Defense of Chain Migration
Bill Ong Hing

4 The State of the Law on Refugees, Asylees, and Stateless Persons
Michele R. Pistone

5 Borders: Sites of Exclusion, Sites of Engagement
Silas W. Allard

6 Immigrant Integration and Disintegration in an Era of Exclusionary Nationalism
Donald M. Kerwin Jr.

7 True Faith, Allegiance, and Citizenship
Rose Cuison-Villazor

8 Different Kinds of Foreignness: The Hebrew Bible’s Terminology for Foreigners
Safwat Marzouk

9 Embrace, Ambivalence, and Theoxenia: New Testament Perspectives on Hospitality to Strangers
Raj Nadella

10 Toward a Theology of Migration
Luis N. Rivera-Pagán

11 When the Poor Knock on Our Door: A Theological Response to Unwanted Migration
Gemma Tulud Cruz

12 The Theopolitics of the Migrant: Toward a Coalitional and Comparative Political Theology
Ulrich Schmiedel

13 Migration, Social Responsibility, and Moral Imagination: Resources from Christian Ethics
Kristin E. Heyer

14: "No More Deaths": Religious Liberty as a Defense for Providing Sanctuary for Immigrants
Rose Cuison-Villazor and Ulrich Schmiedel

15 A Vision of Integration Rooted in Hospitality
Donald M. Kerwin Jr. and Safwat Marzouk

16 Labor, Inequality, and Globalization: Legal and Theological Perspectives on Vulnerable Migrant Workers
Gemma Tulud Cruz and Enid Trucios-Haynes

17 Empire, Displacement, and the Central American Refugee Crisis
Bill Ong Hing and Raj Nadella

18 Empathy, Legitimacy, Faith, and the Dangerously Uncertain Future of Migration
Kristin E. Heyer and Daniel Kanstroom

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Silas W. Allard, Senior Fellow in Law and Religion, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, and Doctoral Student, Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Kristin E. Heyer, Professor of Theological Ethics and Director of Graduate Studies, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Raj Nadella, Samuel A. Cartledge Associate Professor of New Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia, USA.