What is a “Christian” jurisprudence?

Deagon, Alex (2014) What is a “Christian” jurisprudence? In Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society Write Conference, July 2014, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld. (Unpublished)


The term ‘jurisprudence’ is derived etymologically from the Latin juris, meaning law, and prudentia, meaning wisdom. So jurisprudence simply means the wisdom of the law, or, as it has come to mean in scholarly legal circles these days, the theory of law. It asks fundamental questions regarding the nature and definition of law. And so, the question I wish to pose to us today is what does a truly “Christian” theory of law look like? One that is faithful to, as taken from the conference brochure, the “historic Christian faith” in its “principles and practice”. To contextualise this question, I must give you a deceptively brief and superficial overview of prevailing theories of law – and for those of you who know more about the topic, I apologise for the crass nature of my summary – time prevents me from doing any more...

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ID Code: 93774
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2016 01:03
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2016 04:32

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