January 7, 2009
John Witte, Jr

John Witte, Jr.

marking John Calvin's 500th Birthday: 1509-2009

"Separation of Church and State - Calvin Style: A 500th Anniversary Celebration"

Underwritten by: Barnes & Thornburg


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John Calvin called for the separation of church and state but not the division of religion and politics. He advocated human rights but always with corresponding religious duties. He accepted democracy and rule of law but within the confines of a refined and rigorous Christian republicanism. In this lecture celebrating the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth, one of the world's leading scholars of law and religion assesses Calvin's political legacy and its enduring lessons for us still today.

John Witte, Jr. is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion Center at Emory University.  A specialist in legal history, marriage, and religious liberty, he has published 150 articles, 11 journal symposia, and 23 books – including recently Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment (2000, 2d. ed. 2005); Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation (2002); Sex, Marriage and Family Life in John Calvin’s Geneva (2005); Modern Christian Teachings on Law, Politics, and Human Nature, 2 vols. (2006); God’s Joust, God’s Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition (2006); The Reformation of Rights: Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Early Modern Calvinism (2007); and Christianity and Law: An Introduction.  His writings have appeared in ten languages, and he has lectured through North America, Western Europe, Japan, Israel, and South Africa.  He has been selected ten times by the Emory law students as the Most Outstanding Professor and has won dozens of other awards and prizes for his teaching and research.

John Witte, Jr. is opening the January Series as part of the year long celebration of John Calvin's 500th birthday that is taking place on our campus and around the world in 2009. We are pleased to have him on the January Series 2009!