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

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by Nathan B. Oman


Available Summer 2024


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


Book Description:

Law and the Restoration: Law and Latter-day Saint Thought and Scripture is a comprehensive exploration of the intricate relationship between legal principles and the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Author Nathan B. Oman delves into the profound ways in which Mormon theology intersects with legal concepts, offering readers a detailed analysis of church doctrines, their authority, and their implications for members' daily lives. In doing so, Oman addresses foundational questions about the nature of church authority, the role of personal judgment, and the dynamic interplay between divine law and secular legal systems. The book is not just an academic treatise but a thoughtful discourse aimed at elucidating how Mormons navigate complex moral and legal landscapes in their quest to reconcile faith with modern societal norms.

Each chapter in Law and Latter-day Saint Thought and Scripture serves as a deep dive into specific aspects of Mormon doctrine and its legal ramifications. From the examination of Nephi's actions in the Book of Mormon to the contemporary debates surrounding same-sex marriage and civil disobedience, Oman provides a balanced and respectful analysis that seeks to understand rather than critique. This book is an invaluable resource for scholars, legal practitioners, and anyone interested in the intersection of religion and law, providing a rich narrative that underscores the ongoing dialogue between faith and jurisprudence within the Latter-day Saint tradition.


Praise for Law and Latter-day Saint Thought and Scripture:

Nathan Oman is among the most patient and principled readers of Latter-day Saint scripture, and of the larger Latter-day Saint faith tradition. He's also a legal thinker without parallel in the world of Mormon studies. Not everyone will agree with all of his conclusions, but every argument he makes deserves serious consideration.” — Joseph M. Spencer, author of The Anatomy of Book of Mormon Theology


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:

265 pages
ISBN: 978-1-58958-808-0 (paperback); 978-1-58958-811-0 (hardcover)

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