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Title: A New Concordance of Discordant Canons: Harold J. Berman on Law and Religion
Contributor(s): Milgate, M (author)
Publication Date: 2007
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: In the field of law and religion, Harold J. Berman has been an inspired and inspiring leader. He demonstrated that law has a religious dimension, that religion has a legal dimension, and that legal and religious ideas and institutions are intimately tied. He showed that there can be no divorce between jurisprudence and theology, legal history and church history, legal ethics and theological ethics. He argued that law and religion need each other - law to give religion its social form and function, religion to give law its spirit and vision. Through Berman's efforts over the past six decades, the work of generations of earlier scholars in law and religion has been brought into a common focus, and many new areas of inquiry have been opened. His impressive work in this field has earned him such titles as "our new Blackstone,"¹ "a true doctor utriusque juris"² and "the founder of the modern discipline of law and religion."³ For me, Berman is the new Gratian, a jurist with the vision and vigour to create his own "concordance of discordant canons."⁴
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: University of New England Law Journal, 4(1), p. 57-99
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 1449-2199
HERDC Category Description: C2 Non-Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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