Source: (2013) Journal of Law and Religion. 28:521-532.

Taken together, these three books offer a vision and a challenge to the intersection of law and religion. Behind Henderson's work, one cannot but hear the competing visions of justice and legal rectitude founded upon different religious ordering of the world. This dynamic extends through Worthington's sense of justice, and is seen even in the effort to form a Christian denomination in the face of Jim Crow during the very years of the production and Los Angeles premiere of D.W. Griffith's racist film, The Birth of a Nation (1915), an adaption of Thomas Dixon's novel The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan.3° Patterns of religion and law are deeply interwoven and fraught with implications of transcendence and meaning, as Harold J. Berman argued so well in The Interaction of Law and Religion (1974).' Forgiveness leads from the personal to the institutional as Frank Buchman frequently argued. It leads to the public square or it leads nowhere. In order to avoid destructive conflict in the twenty-first century, forgiveness is a theological and relational dynamic that finds reconciliation as the greater reality when faced with conflict and vengeance. Forgiveness reminds us of law's important goals-justice and fairness, in their distributive, procedural, retributive, and restorative forms. (excerpt)