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Ministers of the law : a natural law theory of legal authority

Author: Jean Porter
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Wiliam B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2010.
Series: Emory University studies in law and religion (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ministers of the Law is an argument for the importance of the history of Western legal thought for the jurisprudence of political authority. Jean Porter demonstrates that European jurists before the age of legal positivism had placed clear and absolute boundaries on the authority and power of rulers and magistrates. These boundaries were defined by the rights of human beings that transcended the 'rule of law' and
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Porter
ISBN: 9780802865632 0802865631
OCLC Number: 635492221
Description: xvi, 368 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: The paradox of legal authority --
Authority and the natural law --
Political authority --
Legal authority --
Authority within and beyond the state.
Series Title: Emory University studies in law and religion (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: Jean Porter.

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"Ministers of the Law is an argument for the importance of the history of Western legal thought for the jurisprudence of political authority. Jean Porter demonstrates that European jurists before the age of legal positivism had placed clear and absolute boundaries on the authority and power of rulers and magistrates. These boundaries were defined by the rights of human beings that transcended the 'rule of law' and constitutions.-Kenneth Pennington Catholic University of America.

This book is a theological account of a vital element of human flourishing: authority-natural, political, and legal. Porter argues that positive law, national and international, possesses an authority that may trump anti-terrorist expedients and even general humanitarian considerations.-Nigel Biggar University of Oxford.

The author presents an original account of natural law as a 'basis of legitimization' that can validate a variety of political systems and structures of positive law."-Brian Tierney Cornell University --Book Jacket.

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