Religious Foundations of Law in the West: An Historical Perspective

  title={Religious Foundations of Law in the West: An Historical Perspective},
  author={Harold Joseph Berman},
  journal={Journal of Law and Religion},
  pages={3 - 43}
  • H. Berman
  • Published 22 January 1983
  • History, Law
  • Journal of Law and Religion
The fundamental changes that have taken place in our legal institutions during the past two generations are part of a transformation of the entire Western legal tradition, marked particularly by its disconnection from the religious foundations upon which it was built. For over eight hundred years, from the late eleventh to the early twentieth century, law in the West was supported by, and in many respects based on, religious beliefs, both Roman Catholic and Protestant. In the twentieth century… 

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