How Christianity Influenced the World’s Law Systems

Reblogging for this particular perspective, and for future reference, not necessarily because I agree.


Today I offer an article by guest author Andrew Stebbins.


courtroom_MediumChristianity has had a profound impact on Western culture. Rule of law in particular has deeply influenced virtually everything that makes the West unique. From the early stages of Western civilization, through America’s founding fathers, and up until recently, the Christian foundations of rule of law have been acknowledged.

One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law.…There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations.1

Rule of Law Defined

To clarify, rule of law exists where all people and institutions in a given society are held equally accountable before the law, and have equal protections under the law. In other words, whether one is king, president, priest, or plumber, one remains both accountable to and protected…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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