A Higher Law: Readings on the Influence of Christian Thought in Anglo-American Law, Third Edition

New Book, Religion/Theology and the Law Breanne Callahan


  • Develop a deep understanding of the Christian influence on American law
  • Become familiar with the most important legal thinkers and philosophies that have shaped American law today
  • Updated readings and expanded chapters allow readers to apply various legal philosophies to important cultural trends and pressing issues of the day
  • Perfect for pre-law and law students, or any lawyer with an interest in legal philosophy and rights issues

About This Title

This third edition continues to further the quest to look beyond legal rules and institutions to the legal philosophies that shaped them. It includes excerpts from books, articles, and cases written by some of the greatest minds to have shaped our legal system. Several chapters have updated readings that address important cultural trends. For example, the discussion of human responsibility and criminal guilt includes a focus on the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on large numbers of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Similarly, the chapter on critical race theory has been updated to highlight the debate on race relations that has occurred since the 2012 shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin and the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. Rights—whether constitutional or human—play a bigger role than ever in public discussion and courtrooms. Thus, coverage of such rights has grown to include recent and high-profile cases. Finally, one chapter is wholly new, containing readings from a wide variety of perspectives on the use of biotechnologies that can alter the human genome for generations to come.

About The Author

Jeffrey Brauch received a B.A. with distinction from the University of Wisconsin in 1985 and a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988. After graduating from law school, he was a law clerk for Justice William Callow of the Wisconsin Supreme Court during the 1988-89 term and then worked five years as an associate with the Milwaukee law firm Quarles & Brady, specializing in commercial litigation.

Brauch has served as a professor at Regent University School of Law since 1994 and also served as the law school’s dean from 2000 to 2015. He has taught Foundations of Law, International Human Rights, International Criminal Law, Torts, and other courses. He helped create the law school’s Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, and serves as the Center’s executive director. In addition to A Higher Law, Brauch has published Flawed Perfection: What it Means to Be Human and Why It Matters for Culture, Politics, and Law (2017) and nearly thirty articles on topics related to international human rights, integration of faith and law, and ERISA litigation.



A Higher Law: Readings on the Influence of Christian Thought in Anglo-American Law, Third Edition
Item #: 65758
ISBN: 978-0-8377-4106-2
Pages: xxx, 481p. (510p. total)
Paper………$99.00
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2019

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