Purpose: At the end of this course the student will have an understanding how beliefs concerning how the law functions ends up creating different social orders and peoples.
1.) Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition — Harold Berman
2.) Law and Revolution II: The Impact of the Protestant Reformations on the Western Legal Tradition — Harold Berman
Assignment — 30 page paper that demonstrates the student’s ability to recognize changes in Law codes and structures as identified with changes in worldviews. Give examples from the texts. Spend time delineating why
these shifts occur. Identify a shift in Law and Revolution subsequent to the Reformation. Tease out the implications of that change as Berman teases out the implications in the changes he notes.
1.) Millennialism and Social Theory — Gary North
2.) Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism — Gary North
3.) The Reformation of Rights: Law, Religion and Human Rights in Early Modern Calvinism — John Witte Jr.
4.) Roots Of Western Culture — Herman Dooyeweerd
5.) The Twilight of Western Thought — Herman Dooyeweerd
6.) Lectures on Unbelief and Revolution — Groen Van Prinsterer
7.) Calvin: His Roots and Fruits — C. Gregg Singer
8.) The Genevan Reformation and the American Founding — David W. Hall
9.) Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture — David Van Drunnen
30 page paper demonstrating your understanding of how Van Drunnen is offering a different model for the relation of God’s Law and Social Order. Compare and Contrast Van Drunnen’s work with the other works.