The basic issue facing law and government, not only now in the United States but throughout all the world and throughout all time, is this: is law simply the will of the State, or does true law reflect the higher truth of the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God?
If law is simply the will of the State, then the State is all-powerful, in which case there is no such thing as an unjust law, and there is no basis for resisting tyranny. But if true law must reflect a higher reality, then there is a basis for evaluating and questioning the legitimacy of what the State calls law.
Through meticulous research, this fully indexed three-volume treatise explores the history, laws, and underlying beliefs of societies ancient and modern all across the earth: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, India, China, Hawaii, the Inca, the Maya, the Aztec, the Cheyenne, the Iroquois, the laws of the ancient Hebrews, the Greek and Roman systems with their strengths and weaknesses, Sharia law, the rise of the common law through its Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Norman roots, the effects of the Lutheran and Calvinist Reformations, great legal thinkers from Selden to Blackstone, and the transplanting of the common law to the American colonies.
The book demonstrates that virtually every society in history has recognized that its laws come from a higher Source than man—God, the gods, the dao, or another term—but the idea that law is human-made is a modern aberration and dangerous to the basic conservative principles of liberty and limited government.
John Eidsmoe interviewed on Vocal Point with Jerry Newcombe
With unparalleled scope and detail, John Eidsmoe studies the origins of Law in the most ancient societies around the world, explores their commonality and differences, and traces their development through history. In conclusion, he contrasts current alarming trends and encouraging signs for the future!
In clear and understandable language, this work will equip the reader with a powerful arsenal toward reform and restoration of Law to its lofty and rightful place in history.
The six-book set in three volumes:
Volume I – Ancient Wisdom
- Book I, The Foundation: Ancient Legal Systems
- Book II, The Cornerstone: The Hebrew Legal System
Volume II – Classic and Medieval
- Book III, The Structure: Classical Legal Systems
- Book IV: The Centerpiece: The Common Law
Volume III – Reformation and Colonial
- Book V: The Pinnacle: Constitutionalism
- Book VI: The Beacon: Spreading Constitutionalism