The 'Jurisdictional' Conception of Church Autonomy

29 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2014

Date Written: December 11, 2014


This essay, written for a volume on institutional religious freedom, attempts to clarify and “jurisdictional” or “sovereignty” conception of church autonomy and to defend that conception against familiar objections.

Keywords: constitutional law, jurisdiction, religious freedom, social contract, freedom of the church

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Smith, Steven Douglas, The 'Jurisdictional' Conception of Church Autonomy (December 11, 2014). San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 14-177, Available at SSRN:

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