Secularizing a Religious Legal System: Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in Early Eighteenth Century England

Posted: 12 Mar 2018

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Troy L Harris

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Date Written: March 8, 2018

Abstract

The constitutional position of the English ecclesiastical courts remained a divisive subject after 1688, as demonstrated by a range of printed sources from the early eighteenth century including visitation charges, law books, and political pamphlets. This theoretical debate culminated in challenges to ecclesiastical jurisdiction in Parliament and Hardwicke's famous decision in Middleton v. Crofts, which represented a significant advance toward a contractarian view of religious authority.

Keywords: religion, ecclesiastical courts, eighteenth century, england, constitutional law

Suggested Citation

Harris, Troy L, Secularizing a Religious Legal System: Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in Early Eighteenth Century England (March 8, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3136657

Troy L Harris (Contact Author)

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law ( email )

651 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
United States
313-596-0276 (Phone)

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