Christianity and Criminal Law
Coeditor, Christianity and Criminal Law (Routledge and CRC Press, 2020) (with Mark Hill, Norman Doe and R. H. Helmholtz)
This collection, by leading legal scholars, judges and practitioners, together with theologians and church historians, presents historical, theological, philosophical and legal perspectives on Christianity and Criminal Law.
Following an Introduction by Lord Judge, formerly Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the book is divided into four thematic sections. Part I addresses the Historical Contributions of Christianity to Criminal Law drawing on biblical sources, early church fathers and canonists, as far as the Enlightenment. Part II, titled Christianity and the Principles of Criminal Law, compares crime and sin, examines concepts of mens rea and intention, and considers the virtue of due process within criminal justice. Part III looks at Christianity and Criminal Offences, considering the Christian origins and their continuing relevance for several basic crimes that every legal system prohibits. Finally, in Part IV, the authors consider Christianity and the Enforcement of Criminal Law, looking at defences, punishment, and forgiveness.
The book will be an invaluable resource for students and academics working in the areas of Law and Religion, Legal Philosophy and Theology.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction – Mark Hill QC
Historical Contributions of Christianity to Criminal Law
2. Criminal Law in the Old Testament: Homicide, the Problem of Mens
Rea, and God – Brent A. Strawn
3. Conflicting Criminal Jurisdictions in Early Christianity – Markus
4. Crime and the Canon Law – R. H. Helmholz
5. Retaliation: Christian Reasons for Punishment: An overview
– Mathias Schmoeckel
6. Christianity and the Liberal Enlightenment Reforms of Criminal Law
– Heikki Pihlajamäki
Christianity and the Principles of Criminal Law
7. The Nature of Sin and Crime: Spiritual and Civil Jurisdictions
Compared – Norman Doe
8. Christianity, Mens Rea and the Boundaries of Criminal Liability
– David McIlroy
9. Christianity, Human Dignity and Due Process – Peter Collier QC
Christianity and Criminal Offences
10. Christianity and Crimes Against the State – Nathan S. Chapman
11. Christianity and Offences Against the Person – David Etherington
12. Law Like Love Like Language: The Christian Uses of Property
Crime – John F. Stinneford
13. Crimes against God and the Church – Jeroen Temperman
14. Sex Crimes and Christianity – John Witte, Jr.
15. Attempts, Complicity, Virtue and the Limits of the Law – Richard W.
Christianity and the Enforcement of Criminal Law
16. Defences: Justification, Excuse and Provocation – Chloë Kennedy
17. Punishment, Forgiveness, and Mercy – Jeffrie Murphy
18. Christian Virtue and Pardons – Albert W. Alschuler
19. Parole, Risk Assessment of Offenders and Christianity – Sir John
20. Judicial Punishment in Transitional Justice: A Restorative Justice
Approach – Daniel Philpott
21. The Weight of Judgment – Nathan S. Chapman