Archbishop Stephen Langton hoped with Magna Carta to realise an Old Testament, covenantal kingship in England. At the Charter's 800th anniversary, distinguished jurists, theologians and historians from five faith-traditions and three continents ask how Magna Carta's biblical foundations have mattered and still matter w. A Lord Chief Justice, a Chief Rabbi, a Grand Mufti of Egypt, specialists in eight centuries of law, scholars and advocates committed to the rule of law and to the place of religion in public life all come together in this testimony to Magna Carta's iconic power. We follow the Charter's story in the religious life of the UK, America and w Continental Europe, and reflections on religio-legal traditions far from the Common Law enrich the story. Magna Carta, Religion and the Rule of Law invites all religions to ask what contribution they themselves should make to the rule of law in today's secular, democratic polities.
Robin Griffith-Jones is the Reverend and Valiant Master of the Temple Church at the Temple, London and Senior Lecturer in Theology at King's College London. Mark Hill QC is the UK's leading practitioner in the field of law and religion. He also teaches at Cardiff University's Centre for Law and Religion and as an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.