The Interdisciplinary Growth of Law and Religion

Frank Cranmer, et al, eds., The Confluence of Law and Religion: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Work of Norman Doe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 247-261

12 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2019

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Welsh jurist and Anglican theologian Norman Doe has pioneered the modern study of comparative “Christian law” – analyzing the wide variety of internal religious legal systems governing Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant churches worldwide. For him, law is a fundamental but underutilized instrument of Christian identity, denominationalism, and ecumenism, and he shows the many areas of overlap and collaboration even within and between Christian traditions that have sharp differences on other matters. This Article offers an appreciative analysis of the development of Professor Doe’s scholarship, and situates his work within the broader global field of law and religion studies.

Keywords: Norman Doe, Church of Wales, Church of England, Roman Catholic Church, Protestantism, Evangelical Churches, canon law, church law, covenant, communion, law and religion

Suggested Citation

Witte, John, The Interdisciplinary Growth of Law and Religion (2016). Frank Cranmer, et al, eds., The Confluence of Law and Religion: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Work of Norman Doe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 247-261, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3427410

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