"Let books be your dining table, / And you shall be full of delights. / Let them be your
And you shall sleep restful nights" (St. Ephraim the Syrian).

Monday, March 26, 2012

Christian Law Ascending

In the coming weeks, I hope to feature an interview with the incredibly prolific scholar John McGuckin about his latest book: Ascent of Christian Law: Patristic and Byzantine Formulations of a New Civilization (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2012).

About this book the publisher tells us:

This work asks the question: "What did Christianity do to build a civilization"? In the present age, law has been used energetically to micro-manage human societies, values, and aspirations. But did l aw work that way in antiquity? This little book is some form of answer. It is a book on law and legal thought as it emerged in its formative ages of the Christian past; it asks what the ancient writers and theorists did with law and legal thought. It is part history, part philosophy, and more than anything else an introduction to issues of law and legal adjudication in t he Patristic and Byzantine eras. 

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