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The Law of God
Author: Remi Brague

ISBN: 9780226070797
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 17 July 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 16.5 x 2.0
Description:
The law of God: these words conjure an image of Moses breaking the tablets at Mount Sinai, but the history of the alliance between law and divinity is so much longer, and its scope so much broader, than a single Judeo-Christian scene can possibly suggest. In his stunningly ambitious new history, Remi Brague goes back three thousand years to trace this idea of divine law in the West from prehistoric religions to modern times--giving new depth to today's discussions about the role of God in worldly affairs.
Brague masterfully describes the differing conceptions of divine law in Judaic, Islamic, and Christian traditions and illuminates these ideas with a wide range of philosophical, political, and religious sources. In conclusion, he addresses the recent break in the alliance between law and divinity--when modern societies, far from connecting the two, started to think of law simply as the rule human community gives itself. Exploring what this disconnection means for the contemporary world, Brague--powerfully expanding on the project he began with "The Wisdom of the World"--re-engages readers in a millennia-long intellectual tradition, ultimately arriving at a better...

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