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Protestant Church Laws

Doe, Norman ORCID: 2023. Protestant Church Laws. Witte Jr., John and Domingo, Rafael, eds. The Oxford Handbook on Christianity and Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 569–580. (10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197606759.013.41)

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There are profound similarities between the laws of Protestant churches across the world. These similarities have enabled Protestants to contribute imaginatively to the work of the ecumenical panel that issued its Statement of Principles of Christian Law in 2016. These principles reflect in large measure the laws of churches in the various Protestant traditions in a multiplicity of legal instruments—from constitutions to books of church order. It is possible to postulate the category of Protestant church laws as they apply to so many aspects of Protestant ecclesial life—from the rights and duties of members and church governance, through doctrine, worship, and rites of passage, to property and church-state relations. In all this, what is remarkable is the unifying potential of law within Protestantism.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Centre for Law and Religion (CLR)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780197606759
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 11:00

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