A Trinitarian Theology of Law

In Conversation with Jurgen Moltmann, Oliver O'Donovan and Thomas Aquinas

By David H. McIlroy

Foreword by Nigel G. Wright

A Trinitarian Theology of Law

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  • ISBN: 9781606088777
  • Pages: 284
  • Publication Date: 7/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $35.00
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Web Price: $28.00

A Trinitarian Theology of Law

In Conversation with Jurgen Moltmann, Oliver O'Donovan and Thomas Aquinas

By David H. McIlroy

Foreword by Nigel G. Wright

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781606088777
  • Pages: 284
  • Publication Date: 7/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $35.00
Web Price: $28.00

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This book explores the neglected significance of the doctrine of the Trinity for the understanding of human law. Through interaction with the thought of Jurgen Moltmann, Oliver O'Donovan and Thomas Aquinas, it argues that human law is called to play a positive but limited role in maintaining "shallow justice" and relative peace. Human law is overshadowed by the work of the Son, included in the purposes of the Father, and used as an instrument by the Holy Spirit. However, the Spirit works in those who are in Christ to effect "deep justice," a work of sanctification which culminates in glorification--the experience of perfect, free, willing obedience in heaven. Thinking about law in the light of the Trinity enables us to understand its role, its purposes, and its limits.

Endorsements & Reviews-

'David McIlroy's eloquent and erudite discussions of such thinkers as Jurgen Moltmann, Oliver O'Donovan, and Saint Thomas Aquinas are alone worth the price of this book. More than simply engaging such figures, however, McIlroy thinks with them as he pushes toward an understanding of law adequate to biblical revelation as well as to the prudential decision-making of Christian lawmakers and lawyers. The result is a dazzling display of the theological task at its best.'
-- Matthew Levering is Associate Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University, Florida

'Many recent works have addressed at length the external relationship between law and religion: how law engages with religion from the outside. This book examines the relationship between law and theology from the inside, offering a systematic theology of the law which casts the project of human lawmaking in new light and develops it in innovative directions. Based on an assured knowledge of classical and contemporary theological and legal sources, the book summons Christians to think about law with fresh theological confidence, and invites Christians and others to consider whether a legal system progressively divorced from its formative theological foundations can continue to sustain a just ordering of society into the future.'
-- Jonathan Chaplin is Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge University, UK

'David McIlroy offers us the foundations of a distinctively Christian--as opposed to merely theistic--account of human law. His reaffirmation of the significance of the Trinity and the centrality of law to our political theology is timely, creative, and inspiring: a superb book in every way.'
-- Julian Rivers is Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Bristol, UK

Contributors-

David H. McIlroy
Nigel G. Wright

Bio(s)-

David McIlroy is a practicing barrister, an Associated Research Fellow of Spurgeon's College, London, and author of A Biblical View of Law and Justice. He is married with two children and part of the leadership team of Bedford Hill Baptist Church.

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