Law and the Restoration: Law and Latter-day Saint History


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by Nathan B. Oman

Available Summer 2024

Companion volume: Law and the Restoration: Law and Latter-day Saint Thought and Scripture

Book Description:

Law and the Restoration: Law and Latter-day Saint History is a profound exploration of the intricate legal history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this first of two volumes, Nathan B. Oman delves into the unique intersection of law and religion, uncovering how legal frameworks have shaped and been shaped by the experiences of Latter-day Saints. Through a series of meticulously researched essays, Oman reveals the profound impact of legal conflicts and developments on the growth and identity of the Church. From the early struggles for legal recognition and the battles over polygamy to the establishment of corporate entities and the role of religious courts, this book offers a comprehensive and enlightening narrative of the Church's legal journey.

Oman's scholarly work extends beyond mere historical recounting; it situates the Mormon legal experience within the broader context of American legal history. By examining the ways in which the Latter-day Saints navigated the legal challenges posed by a predominantly Protestant legal system, Oman provides invaluable insights into the broader themes of religious freedom, church-state relations, and legal pluralism. Each chapter is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of the Church, highlighting pivotal moments and key figures who influenced its legal standing.

About the Author:

Nathan B. Oman is the Rita Ann Rollins Professor at William & Mary Law School, located in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2006. Prior to becoming a professor, Oman practiced law in Washington DC, clerked for Judge Morris Shepard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, and worked as a staffer in the US Senate. He has been a visiting professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Cornell Law School, and the University of Richmond Law School. He is married to Heather Bennett Oman. They have two children and live in James City County, Virginia.

More Information:

382 pages
ISBN: 978-1-58958-796-0 (paperback); 978-1-58958-810-3 (hardcover)

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