Life, Death and the Law: Law and Christian Morals in England
and the United States
By Norman St. John-Stevas
2001/12 - Beard Books
1587981130 - Paperback
- Reprint - 387 pp.
This scholarly book demonstrates that despite the current diversity in our
Anglo-American society, Christian ethics have played a major role in shaping the
law with regard to moral issues.
Many Christians still look to the law to enforce Christian standards of morality
and social behavior, particularly with regard to respect for the human person
and concern for human rights. This book examines such interplay in a liberal
society, namely that of the Anglo-American tradition. After stating some general
principles governing the relationship between Christian morality and the law in
England and the United States, the author examines several contemporary
legal-moral issues: contraception, artificial insemination, human sterilization,
homosexuality, suicide, and euthanasia and the role that religion can, and
sometimes does, play in their legal interpretation.
From the back cover blurb:
After formulating some general principles governing the relationship between Christian morality and the law in England and the United States, particular controversial legal-moral problems are examined. These important subjects, still at the forefront today, include the control of conception, artificial insemination, human sterilization, homosexuality, suicide and euthanasia. The role that the state and the church should play in the formulation of legal policy is suggested.
From the Spectator, March 31, 1961, p. 449
"The great merit of Mr. St. John-Stevas's book lies in the remarkable lucidity with which he organizes a vast amount of material, legal, theological and scientific, all of which he regards as relevant to the proper settlement of the issues he discusses... he is not merely learned about Catholic teaching, he is totally clear and honest in its exposition."
From the Times (London) Literary Supplement, March 24, 1961, p. 182
"This is a scholarly and temperate book, admirably documented, which provides a necessary guide not only to new attitudes to the moral law and to the legislation which reflects them but also to the christian tradition in its work of judgment."
From the New Statesman, Vol. 61, p. 480, March 24, 1961
"In spite of the forest of details, a very high standard of lucidity is maintained. The book will serve as a vade mecum for anyone of progressive views anxious to go into battle against the existing law.
Norman St. John-Stevas was born in 1929. He was a Member of Parliament for Chelmsford from 1964 to 1987. He was the leader of the House of Commons from 1979 to 1981. Among other involvements, he served as Minister of State for the Arts and as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. In 1995, he became Lord St. John of Fawsley.
||Law and Morals
||The Control of Conception
||Artificial Human Insemination
||Birth Control Legislation in American States
||Regulations Governing the Providing of Seminal Fluid for
Artificial Human Insemination -- New York
||The Medico-Legal Aspects of Artificial Insemination
||Summary of Recommendations of Feversham Committee on
||Sterilizations Reported in the U.S.A.
||Sterilizations Reported in the U.S.A. per 100,000 population
||Years in which Sterilization Statutes First Passed in the
||Types of State Sterilization Statutes in the U.S.A.
||Summary of United States Sterilization Statutes
||Laws of the States of the United States Punishing Homosexual
||Laws of the United Kingdom Punishing Homosexual
||The Law of the European Countries Concerning Homosexual
||Proposals of the Maerican Law Institute on Homosexual
||Proposed Bill to Legalize Euthanasia
||Table of Cases