Group Discussion Guide: Redeeming Law

Lesson 4 — Can Law Be Redeemed?

  1. Can someone be a good Christian and a good lawyer? Yes, but a first step is overcoming what Mike calls “personal and professional dualism.”

    • Name a time that your Christian values and convictions made it difficult to do your job effectively. How did you handle the situation?

    • How have you experienced this pull toward “personal and professional dualism” in your practice of law? What are some practical ways that you can resist this tendency toward disintegration?

  2. The intellectual shift known as the Enlightenment created a world divided into two stories: one for public knowledge and one for private beliefs. This has impacted the way that we practice law.  

    • What might it look like for you, as a Christian legal professional, to bring your religious beliefs to bear on your work in the public square? Do you think this is possible? Why or why not?

    • In your experience in practicing law, what are some of the problems with a purely instrumentalist or pragmatic approach to jurisprudence? What might an alternative, Christian account of the law look like?

  3. As a final exhortation, Mike challenges Christians to combat the deadly sin of acedia—spiritual apathy and intellectual lethargy. If Christian attorneys are going to engage their professional redemptively, it’s going to take some difficult thought-work.

    • Mike challenges Christian legal professionals to engage the life of the mind rigorously. What is one particular issue or philosophy in your area of law to which you can devote more intellectual attention?

    • Medieval theologians defined acedia as the tendency to “look upon a worthwhile good as impossible to achieve.” How have you struggled with acedia in your professional life? What is a “worthwhile good” that you can strive to achieve in your professional context?