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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

The Unbearable Lightness of Christian Legal Scholarship

David A. Skeel, Jr., University of Pennsylvania Law School
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road

Attendees are required to read Prof. Skeel's paper in advance of the luncheon. For the document, click here.

This program is sponsored by the Boston College seminar on "Ways of Knowing and the Catholic Intellectual Traditions." (For more information on this seminar, click here.)

Despite a rise in influence of evangelical and other theologically conservative Christians, the scope of Christian legal scholarship is shockingly narrow. The fraught relationship between religion and American higher education starting in the late nineteenth century may account for the lack of Christian legal scholarship. Between nonsectarian, scientific approaches to education and American evangelical disdain for the public life, Christian legal scholarship has largely been ignored. Skeel attempts to fill this void by presenting a case for a normative Christian legal scholarship.

headshot of David Skeel

David A. Skeel, Jr. is S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School. Skeel is an expert in bankruptcy and corporate labor law. He holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina. He has been interviewed on Nightline, Chris Matthews’ Hardball (MS-NBC), National Public Radio, and Marketplace, among others, and has been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many other publications. He is the author of Icarus in the Boardroom (Oxford, 2005) and Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton, 2001), as well as numerous articles and other publications. In addition to corporate law and bankruptcy, Skeel writes on sovereign debt law and religion, and poetry and the law, and is an elder at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.