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The evolution of the principles of Christian law

Doe, Norman ORCID: 2020. The evolution of the principles of Christian law. Doe, Christopher, ed. Church Laws and Ecumenism: A New Path for Christian Unity, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 6-27. (10.4324/9781003084273)

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The Statement of Principles of Christian Law, produced by an ecumenical panel in 2016, boldly reveals the potential of church laws for greater visible unity among Christians worldwide. However, whilst the articulation of common principles of law induced from the similarities between the modern legal systems of separated churches today may be novel, the use of principles of church law within these ecclesial traditions is not. There is a rich vein of both historic and contemporary models for the wider articulation today of principles of Christian law. The mediaeval western canonists used juridical maxims in the form of regulae iuris. This axiomisation of church law survived the Reformation and continued with the move to principles of law scientifically established (exemplified in English ecclesiastical law from the Enlightenment). The practice has also thrived in the modern models provided by the work of the Colloquium of Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers, the Anglican experience with respect to its principles of canon law, and recent scholarship in juridical ecumenism.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Centre for Law and Religion (CLR)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781003084273
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2023 09:45

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