1st Edition

Christianity and the Law of Migration

Edited By Silas W. Allard, Kristin Heyer, Raj Nadella Copyright 2022
    392 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    392 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.