Prof. John Witte, Jr.Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, McDonald Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion

    Research Profile

    A prolific writer and editor, Prof, Witte is a specialist in legal history, religious liberty, marriage and family law, and human rights.  His writings have appeared in 10 languages.  With the support of third party funds from various foundations, Witte has directed major projects on issues of democracy, human rights, and religious freedom; sex, marriage, family, and children; and Christian Jurisprudence.

    Teaching Profile

    Constitutional Law: Church and State; Contracts; Criminal Law; History of Church-State Relations in the West

    Selected Publications

    “The Western Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy” (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

    “Sins of the Fathers: The Law and Theology of Illegitimacy Reconsidered” (Cambridge University Press, 2009) (Chinese translation by Ruihua Zhong, 2011; German translation forthcoming)

    “The Reformation of Rights: Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Modern Calvinism.” (Cambridge University Press, 2007) (Chinese translation by Yuan Yucheng and Miao Qilong, 2011; Korean, Japanese, German, Italian, and Polish translations forthcoming)

    “God’s Joust, God’s Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition.” (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 2007) (Chinese translation by Yuan Yucheng and Miao Qilong, 2014)

    The Reformation of Rights: Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Early Modern Calvinism (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

    Christianity and Law: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

    Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment (2nd ed.) (Westview Press, 2005)

    Sex, Marriage and Family Life in John Calvin ’s Geneva (Eerdmans, 2005)

    The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature (2 vols.) (Columbia University Press, 2005)

    Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation (Cambridge University Press, 2002)



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