Law & Theology

Although my primary areas of scholarship are the First Amendment and law and religion, I am also interested in related questions of law and theology.

In 2011, I organized a conference on “Theological Argument in Law: Engaging With Stanley Hauerwas.”  The conference was held at Duke University School of Law.  The articles from that conference are published in Volume 75, No. 4 of Duke’s Law and Contemporary Problems.

In 2013, I wrote a theologically-oriented contribution to the ongoing discussion about the “freedom of the church” in law and religion scholarship.  I use the work of Stanley Hauerwas, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Karl Barth to construct a Protestant conception of the freedom of the church but ultimately express reservations about the possibility of “translating” this kind of theological argument into legal doctrine.

I have a short symposium piece from 2011 that explores the theological context of the writings of Roger Williams and William Penn.

In 2009, I wrote an article for a political science journal on the role of forgiveness in transitional justice.

I have incorporated theological themes into several shorter writings:

“Christian Witness in an Anxious Age,” Christianity Today (June 20, 2016) (with Timothy Keller)

“Confident Pluralism: A Response,” First Things (May 31, 2016) (Response to Carl Trueman)

“The Christian Witness to the State: Nicolas Wolterstorff on John Howard Yoder,” J.L. & Relig. (2015)

“The Incomprehensible Witness of Forgiveness,” Hedgehog Review Blog (June 25, 2015)

“Pluralism Doesn’t Mean Relativism,” Christianity Today (April 6, 2015)

“5 Guidelines for Living in a Pluralist Society,” Christianity Today (October 10, 2014)

“The Works of Robert Cover,” Journal of Christian Legal Thought (Spring 2011)