The decline of law…Harold J. Berman


Originally the West’s legal system was rooted in “the structural integrity of law, its ongoingness, its religious roots, [and] its transcendent qualities.”1

However, he explains further that these foundational beliefs are disappearing very quickly, and this from “the minds of lawmakers, judges, lawyers, law teachers… [and] from the consciousness of the vast majority of citizens….The law is becoming fragmented, more subjective, geared more to expediency and less to morality, concerned more with immediate consequences and less with consistency or continuity. Thus the historical soil of the Western legal tradition is being washed away in the twentieth century, and the tradition itself is threatened with collapse.”2

1- Harold J. Berman as quoted in David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times, 312

2- Harold J. Berman as quoted in David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times, 312

 

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I live in Indiana. I enjoyed playing soccer all four years of high school. I co-captained and won the MVP award my senior year. I also have created many film projects, the most extensive of which won a film festival award for Best Cinematography during my senior year. It is a 10-minute short film called Café Encounter and can be watched on YouTube. I have been actively involved in my youth group and am a leader for a middle school boys group on Sunday mornings. I was also blessed to go on two mission trips to Belize and Ecuador respectively. Belize really awakened my faith in Christ and pushed me towards active obedience and love for God. Ecuador gave me a life-changing perspective on missionary work and has helped me to view myself as a missionary in my every day life, but especially with the intent of being a missionary to my work industry.

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