Is Religion (Merely) a Natural Phenomenon? (RJS)

I recently received a copy of The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity. This book, edited by J. B. Stump and Alan Padgett, consists of scholarly essays covering a variety of topics relating to the discussion of science and the Christian faith. The contributors range from believers to skeptics and approach the topics from a [Read More...]

“God can do anything he wants!” (by David Opderbeck)

David Opderbeck is Professor of Law and Director of the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology at Seton Hall University Law School.  He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophical Theology at the University of Nottingham. David’s post today is academic and complex, but he’s right in saying it is this distinction that was [Read More...]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

— Law and Mission? This past Monday, the case of Christian Legal Society v. Martinez was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  The case arises out of the refusal of the University of California, Hastings Law School to recognize a local Christian Legal Society chapter as an official registered student organization.  As described in the CLS’ Brief, at U.C. Hastings,   RSOs are [Read More...]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

David Opderbeck, a professor of law, weighs in on a crucial theological topic that affects our understanding of law. Are you Roman Catholic or Reformed — or where are you on this issue? Law:  Can We Be Good? Law is an effort to respond to one of the most basic human questions:  “what does it mean for [Read More...]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

Seven Theses on a Missional Approach to Law In response to some of my “Law” posts here at Jesus Creed, a few commenters have expressed consternation over my criticism of some “conservative” Christian perspectives on the law.  As I’ve tried to express in response to some of those comments, my primary concerns have to do with [Read More...]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

Today I received a broadcast email from the Family Research Council, a prominent conservative Christian group, urging me to “Stop Obama’s Crossdresser Protection Bill.”  The email referred to the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” (ENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination against homosexual and “transgendered” people.  According to the email, “[a]ll American employers including Christian owned business and potentially Christian [Read More...]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

David Opderbeck, one of our vigorous and steady commenters, is doing a series for us on law. This one is on hate crimes and thought crimes in the context of religious freedom. A most timely topic… And by the way, if you are in the New Orleans area, David will be presenting at this Christian [Read More...]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck

Law, Church, Mission, Eschatology and the Powers We recently had a lively discussion here on Jesus Creed about the Manhattan Declaration.  In the Summary Statement accompanying the Declaration, the drafters assert that the sanctity of life, the dignity of marriage, and the freedoms of conscience and religion “are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture,” and that [Read More...]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck 2

I announced two weeks back that we are beginning a new series with David Opderbeck, a professor of law. He will educate us on law — should be fun. Christians and “Judicial Activism”:  Viva la Revolucíon? There are few hotter flashpoints in the culture wars than the question of “judicial activism.”  For Christians, the question perhaps reached [Read More...]

Law at the Jesus Creed: David Opderbeck 1

I announced last week that we are beginning a new series this week with David Opderbeck, a professor of law. He will educate us on law — should be fun. What is “Law”? My question for the opening post in this series is “what is ‘Law’?” Here’s the questions for this post: Which approach – [Read More...]


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