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God in the Courtroom: Religion's Role at Trial

Brian Bornstein and Monica Miller


The phrase “God in the courtroom” conjures up several images, such as William Jennings Bryan defending religion against the tyranny of evolution, a robed deity passing divine judgment, a witness swearing to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God,” and so on. But there are numerous other, often subtle ways in which religion and law intersect. This book reviews legal developments and behavioral science research concerning the effects of religion on legal practice, decision making processes of various legal actors, and trial outcomes. For example, religious be ... More

Keywords: juries, jurors, judges, attorneys, legal practice, religious denominations, trials, litigants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195328677
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Bornstein, author

Monica Miller, author