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Witte, John 1959-

Works: 139 works in 531 publications in 3 languages and 20,622 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: KF4783.Z9, 342.730852
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Most widely held works by John Witte
Religion and the American constitutional experiment : essential rights and liberties by John Witte( )

33 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 2,663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He then illustrates the virtues of his principled approach through analysis of the thorny contests over tax exemptions for religions and the role of religion in the public school, among others." "This volume serves both as a provocative primer for students and a pristine restatement for specialists in law, religion, history, politics, and American studies."--Jacket
Law and protestantism : the legal teachings of the Lutheran Reformation by John Witte( )

18 editions published in 2002 in English and German and held by 2,414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Witte, Jr. uses the "binocular" of law and theology to present a panoramic picture of the Lutheran Reformation as an integrated legal and theological movement that continues to influence modern institutions of public and private law, and modern ideas of liberty, equality, and dignity. His book should be essential reading for scholars and students of Church history, legal history, Reformation history, and in adjacent areas such as theology, ethics, law, anthropology, and history of ideas."--Jacket
Sex, marriage, and family in world religions by Don S Browning( )

17 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Spanning thousands of years, this new collection brings together writings and teachings about sex, marriage, and family from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions. Chosen and introduced by leading scholars of each religion, the volume's selections include a wide array of traditional texts. The book also contains contemporary writings, responding to the changing mores and conditions of modern life." "Sex, Marriage and Family in World Religions reveals the similarities and differences among the various religions and the development of ideas and teachings within each tradition. It sheds light on each religion's views on a wide variety of subjects, including sexuality and sexual pleasure, the meaning and purpose of marriage, the role of betrothal, the status of women, the place of romance, grounds for divorce, celibacy, and sexual deviance."--Jacket
From sacrament to contract : marriage, religion, and law in the Western tradition by John Witte( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 1,320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes the interplay between Christian theological norms and Western legal principles concerning marriage, examining the theology and law of marriage in the Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, Anglican, and Enlightenment traditions
Religion and human rights : an introduction by John Witte( )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The relationship between religion and human rights is both complex and inextricable. While most of the world's religions have supported violence, repression, and prejudice, each has also played a crucial role in the modern struggle for universal human rights. Most importantly, religions provide the essential sources and scales of dignity and responsibility, shame and respect, restraint and regret, restitution and reconciliation that a human rights regime needs to survive and flourish in any culture. With contributions by a score of leading experts, Religion and Human Rights provides authoritative and accessible assessments of the contributions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Indigenous religions to the development of the ideas and institutions of human rights. It also probes the major human rights issues that confront religious individuals and communities around the world today, and the main challenges that the world's religions will pose to the human rights regime in the future"--Proporcionado por el editor
By nature equal : the anatomy of a Western insight by John E Coons( )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What do we mean when we refer to people as being equal by nature? In the first book devoted to human equality as a fact rather than as a social goal or a legal claim, John Coons and Patrick Brennan argue that even if people possess unequal talents or are born into unequal circumstances, all may still be equal if it is true that human nature provides them the same access to moral self-perfection. Plausibly, in the authors' view, such access stems from the power of individuals to achieve goodness simply by doing the best they can to discover and perform correct actions. If people enjoy the same degree of natural capacity to try, all of us are offered the same opportunities for moral self-fulfillment. To believe this is to believe in equality." "This truly interdisciplinary work not only proposes the authors' own rationale but also provides an effective deconstruction of several other contemporary theories of equality, while it engages historical, philosophical, and Christian accounts as well."--Jacket
No establishment of religion : America's original contribution to religious liberty by T. Jeremy Gunn( )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The First Amendment guarantee that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" rejected the millennium-old Western policy of supporting one form of Christianity in each nation and subjugating all other faiths. The exact meaning and application of this American innovation, however, has always proved elusive. Individual states found it difficult to remove traditional laws that controlled religious doctrine, liturgy, and church life, and that discriminated against unpopular religions. They found it even harder to decide more subtle legal questions that continue to divide Americans today: Did the constitution prohibit governmental support for religion altogether, or just preferential support for some religions over others? Did it require that government remove Sabbath, blasphemy, and oath-taking laws, or could they now be justified on other grounds? Did it mean the removal of religious texts, symbols, and ceremonies from public documents and government lands, or could a democratic government represent these in ever more inclusive ways? These twelve essays stake out strong and sometimes competing positions on what "no establishment of religion" meant to the American founders and to subsequent generations of Americans, and what it might mean today. -- Publisher description
Religious human rights in global perspective : religious perspectives by Johan David Van der Vyver( Book )

50 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family transformed : religion, values, and society in American life( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a multifaceted analysis of the current state of a complex institution, Family Transformed brings together outstanding scholars from the fields of anthropology, demography, ethics, history, law, philosophy, primatology, psychology, sociology, and theology. Demonstrating that the family is both distinctive in its own right and deeply interwoven with other institutions, the authors examine the roles of education, work, leisure, consumption, legal regulation, public administration, and biology in shaping the ways we court and marry, bear and raise children, and make and break family bonds."--Jacket
The reformation of rights : law, religion, and human rights in early modern Calvinism by John Witte( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Calvin developed arresting new teachings on rights and liberties, church and state, and religion and politics that shaped the law of Protestant lands. Calvin's original teachings, which spread rapidly throughout the West, were periodically challenged by major crises - the French Wars of Religion, the Dutch Revolt, the English Civil War, American colonization, and the American Revolution. In each such crisis moment, a major Calvinist figure emerged - Theodore Beza, Johannes Althusius, John Milton, John Winthrop, John Adams, and others - who modernized Calvin's teachings and translated them into dramatic new legal and political reforms. This rendered early modern Calvinism one of the driving engines of Western constitutionalism. A number of basic Western legal ideas of religious and political rights, social and confessional pluralism, federalism and social contract, and more owe a great deal to this religious movement."--Jacket
The teachings of modern Christianity on law, politics, and human nature( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Divided into two volumes, The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature offers a collection of writings from twenty leading Christian thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and analyses of their work by leading contemporary religious scholars. Volume 2 illustrates the different venues, vectors, and sometimes-conflicting visions of what a Christian understanding of law, politics, and society entails. The collection includes works by popes, pastors, nuns, activists, and theologians writing from within the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian traditions. Addressing racism, totalitarianism, sexism, and other issues, many of the figures in this volume were the victims of either church censure, exile, imprisonment, assassination, or death in Nazi concentration camps."--Jacket
To have and to hold : marrying and its documentation in Western Christendom, 400--1600 by Philip Lyndon Reynolds( Book )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 2007 book analyzes how, why, and when pre-modern Europeans documented their marriages - through property deeds, marital settlements, dotal charters, church court depositions, wedding liturgies, and other indicia of marital consent. The authors consider both the function of documentation in the process of marrying and what the surviving documents say about pre-modern marriage and how people in the day understood it. Drawing on archival evidence from classical Rome, medieval France, England, Iceland, and Ireland, and
Christianity and law : an introduction( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What impact has Christianity had on the law from its beginnings to the present day? This introduction explores the main legal teachings of Western Christianity, set out in the texts and traditions of scripture and theology, philosophy and jurisprudence. It takes up the weightier matters of the law that Christianity has profoundly shaped - justice and mercy, rule and equity, discipline and love - as well as more technical topics of canon law, natural law, and state law. Some of these legal creations were wholly original to Christianity. Others were converted from Jewish and classical traditions. Still others were reformed by Renaissance humanists and Enlightenment philosophers. But whether original or reformed, these Christian teachings on law, politics and society have made and can continue to make fundamental contributions to modern law in the West and beyond."--Jacket
Sex, marriage, and family in John Calvin's Geneva by John Witte( Book )

16 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianity and human rights : an introduction by John Witte( Book )

13 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Combining Jewish, Greek, and Roman teachings with the radical new teachings of Christ and St. Paul, Christianity helped to cultivate the cardinal ideas of dignity, equality, liberty and democracy that ground the modern human rights paradigm. Christianity also helped shape the law of public, private, penal, and procedural rights that anchor modern legal systems in the West and beyond. This collection of essays explores these Christian contributions to human rights through the perspectives of jurisprudence, theology, philosophy and history, and Christian contributions to the special rights claims of women, children, nature and the environment. The authors also address the church's own problems and failings with maintaining human rights ideals. With contributions from leading scholars, including a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this book provides an authoritative treatment of how Christianity shaped human rights in the past, and how Christianity and human rights continue to challenge each other in modern times"--
God's joust, God's justice : law and religion in the Western tradition by John Witte( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sharing the book : religious perspectives on the rights and wrongs of proselytism( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Weightier matters of the law : essays on law and religion ; a tribute to Harold J. Berman( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proselytism and orthodoxy in Russia : the new war for souls by John Witte( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few of the struggles Russia has undergone since the fall of Communism have been fiercer than that being fought between the long-repressed Russian Orthodox Church and a host of groups seeking to evangelize the Russian people. This volume assesses the legitimacy of the Orthodox attempt to reclaim the spiritual and moral heart of the Russian people and to retain their adherence in a new, pluralistic world where many Christians and followers of other traditions seek the right to establish themselves. Proselytism and Orthodoxy in Russia also brings together the latest scholarship on the new Russian laws regarding religion as well as suggesting guidelines for foreign missionaries in Russia."--Jacket
Covenant marriage in comparative perspective( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Sex, marriage, and family in world religions
Law and protestantism : the legal teachings of the Lutheran ReformationSex, marriage, and family in world religionsFrom sacrament to contract : marriage, religion, and law in the Western traditionBy nature equal : the anatomy of a Western insightReligious human rights in global perspective : religious perspectivesFamily transformed : religion, values, and society in American lifeThe reformation of rights : law, religion, and human rights in early modern CalvinismThe teachings of modern Christianity on law, politics, and human nature
Alternative Names
John Witte

Witte, John

Witte, John 1959-

Witte, John 1959- Jr

Witte, John Jr

Witte, John Jr. 1959-

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