Vanderbilt Law Review

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Comparative studies of moral theology and legal philosophy are irrelevant if they are isolated from the concrete life of worship. Similarly, the question of the Christian vocation of the practicing lawyer must not be solely an attempt to articulate some ethics to guide a lawyer in his decisions in work. The Christian life is not so much about deciding and doing as it is about being that which Christians are called to be. Precisely, Christians are what they are called to be in worship. Worship is not an ancillary folk activity to which Christians resort out of sentiment or superstition, or even for inspiration or self-motivation. There is no dichotomy between worship and pursuits like studies of jurisprudence and theology or the vocational issue for lawyers. Worship is not isolated from the rest of the Christian life; it is the integration of the whole of the Christian life in history. Worship is not peripheral, but decisive in the relationships of Christian faith and secular law.