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 on September 9, 2011 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.

I have recently written a theologically-oriented contribution to the 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 that explores the theological context of the writings of Roger Williams and William Penn.