Ecumenical Evangelical Legal Thought: The Contributions of Robert F. Cochran, Jr.

Ecumenical Evangelical Legal Thought: The Contributions of Robert F. Cochran, Jr.

Essay By: William S. Brewbaker III

47 PEPP. L. REV. 231 (2020)

This Essay organizes an assessment of Robert F. Cochran’s scholarly contributions around the theme of “ecumenical evangelical legal thought.” Professor Cochran’s work bears the hallmarks of evangelicalism in its emphasis on the Bible, its practical focus, and its willingness to cross institutional and theological lines. The Essay recounts some formative influences on Professor Cochran, discusses his methodology as a Christian scholar and specifically his use of the Bible in thinking about law, his work in legal ethics, and his work as a movement-builder. It concludes with some observations about the reconciliation of ecumenism and evangelicalism in Cochran’s work and its implications for the future.

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