Campbell Law Professor Scott Pryor published in new book, ‘Christianity and Private Law’

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law School’s Professor C. Scott Pryor was recently published in the book “Christianity and Private Law.” The book contains 17 chapters, each by a different author, and explores the relationship between Christian legal theory and topics of private law. It opens with an introduction to the field of private law then focuses on three primary topics: property, contracts, and torts. Professor Pryor’s contribution is Chapter 11: “Revisiting unconscionability: reciprocity and justice.”

“The opening chapters are devoted to biblical and traditional Christian teachings that underscore the depth, nuance, and complexity of Christian engagement with these fundamental private legal relationships,” said John Witte Jr., contributor and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) at Emory University School of Law. “Constructive and critical chapters later in each section highlight and illustrate the enduring value of these traditional Christian teachings for addressing discrete modern private law questions.”

Pryor added, “I am honored to be included in this book and be featured among other talented academics. It was a wonderful collaborative experience that I look forward to being a part of again. I would highly recommend the book to those interested in learning more about ‘how we got here’ and ‘how can we improve’ the systems of private law bequeathed to us by our forebears in the Western legal tradition.” 

“Christianity and Private Law” was edited by Robert F. Cochran, Jr.  and Michael P. Moreland. It took nearly three years to complete and included various distinguished authors, including Pryor.  It is currently available in print and electronically.

Photo of cover of book Christianity and Private Law

Pryor joined the Campbell Law faculty as a Professor of Law with the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year. Boasting more than 15 years of commercial law practice, he teaches Bankruptcy, Contracts, Sales and Leasing, and Secured Transaction courses at Campbell Law. He also regularly leads a seminar titled Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought,

Prior to Campbell Law, Pryor served on the faculty at Regent University School of Law. He was previously a visiting professor at Campbell Law (2010-11), as well as a resident scholar at the American Bankruptcy Institute in Washington, D.C. (2013), Fulbright Scholar at the National Law University in Jodhpur, India (2009) and at the National Law University in Delhi (2019), and visiting professor at Handong International Law School in Pohang, South Korea (2006). He was also the director of Regent’s Summer Program in International Human Rights in Strasbourg, France (2005 and 2008).

Pryor’s published scholarship focuses on the details, history and moral-political justification for the laws of the courses he teaches. He also maintains Pryor Thoughts, an online blog on law, culture and tradition.

Pryor holds a B.A. from Dordt University and an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary. He earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin College of Law.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 10 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.