Adam Kirsch | New York Sun
"Brague's sense of intellectual adventure is what makes his work genuinely exciting to read. The Law of God offers a challenge that anyone concerned with today's religious struggles ought to take up."
Patrick, Mooney | Times Higher Education Supplement
"Scholars and students of contemporary world events, to the extent that these may be viewed as a clash of rival fundamentalisms, will have much to gain from Brague's study. Ideally, in that case, the book seems to be both an obvious primer and launching pad for further scholarship. In such circles, it is not inconceivable that the book may acquire something of a canonical status."
Jean-Luc Marion, author of God without Being
“This new book by Rémi Brague features the same outstanding scholarship and skills that have characterized his previous works: deep knowledge of the languages, as well as an extensive mastery of the theology, philosophy, and religious thought of ancient and medieval Islam, Judaism, and Western and Eastern Christianity. With an impressive genealogy, he traces the roots of modernity back to these three intellectual traditions that have worked together (and fought each other) through history. And we cannot ignore the possibility that this triple origin may frame our future as much as, or even more than, anything postmodernity might allow us to foresee.”<Jean-Luc Marion, author of God without Being>
Lawrence S. Cunningham | Commonweal
"A brilliant piece of intellectual history. . . . Determining the boundaries and interconnections of natural and revealed law still keeps Christians busy. I applaud the way Brague clarifies what is so often muddled in our own less-than-expert understanding of the history of the law."
Michael P. Orsi | Touchstone
"Because religion has reemerged as a powerful political force . . . Brague's analysis of the notion of the divine law is an invaluable resource for understanding the underlying dynamic that motivates human beings. . . . Brague offers a fascinating overview of how each scriptural source--the Torah, the New Testament, and the Koran--interprets divine law. Also valuable is his survey of the work of scholars who have tried to discern the practical implications of each faith's understanding of where and how law originates."
PART I ORIGINS
2 The Greek Idea of Divine Law
3 Historical Conditions of Alliance
PART II THE DIVINE LAW
4 The State and the Law: Ancient Israel
5 The Legislation of the Sacred Books
PART III SUCCESSION THROUGH TIME
6 Mother Religions and Daughter Religions
7 The Law as Enforced
PART IV LAW AND CITIES IN THE MIDDLE AGES
8 Judaism: A Law without a State
9 Christianity: A Conflict of Laws
10 Islam: Law Rules
PART V DIVINE LAW IN MEDIEVAL THOUGHT
11 The Aims of the Law: Islam
12 The Law as an End: Judaism
13 The End of the Law: Christianity
PART VI SANS FOI NI LOI: NEITHER FAITH NOR LAW?
14 The Modern Age: Destruction of the Idea of Divine Law
15 Judaism and Islam in the Modern Age
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