“Agape” and the Life and Work of Robert F. Cochran, Jr.

“Agape” and the Life and Work of Robert F. Cochran, Jr.

Essay by: Angela C. Carmella

47 PEPP. L. REV. 287 (2020)

The life and work of Robert Cochran can be summed up in one word: discipleship. Professor Cochran’s work reflects deeply on Jesus’s words and ministry—His agapic love for all humanity—as they relate to the substance of law and its administration. Professor Cochran’s work establishes two important principles: the need to focus on Jesus’s love as the starting place for analysis and the need to reclaim justice as a central Christian concept. His many volumes help us to understand how it is possible to comprehend lawmaking as an act of agapic love. Further, they provide a roadmap for the Christian’s journey, helping to navigate the interrelation of love, ethics, law, and justice.

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