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Law and Christian Ethics: Signposts for a Fruitful Conversation
Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (2015)
  • M. Cathleen Kaveny
Abstract
This essay invites Christian ethicists to engage in a mutually beneficial conversation with the secular law, particularly the common law. It argues that the common law’s feature of narrative accountability provides a natural bridge to Christian ethics. It also points out contact points between the two fields regarding normative concepts of persons, actions, norms, and the common good. Finally, it illustrates the possibilities of a conversation between law and Christian ethics by delving into the leading case on the doctrine of unconscionability, which permits courts to refuse to enforce contracts that shock the conscience.
Disciplines
Publication Date
2015
DOI
10.1353/sce.2015.0039
Citation Information
M. Cathleen Kaveny. "Law and Christian Ethics: Signposts for a Fruitful Conversation" Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics Vol. 35 Iss. 2 (2015) p. 3 - 32
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kaveny/87/