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Ecclesiology is the study of the church which explores the origins, nature, and purposes of the church universal. Its method includes developing categories to indicate the attributes of the church, as e.g. one, holy, catholic, and apostolic; the people of God; and the fellowship of the spirit. One aim of ecclesiology is to teach and help us understand what may be authentic, required, permissible, or appropriate church structures, such as in ministry, government, discipleship, evangelism, worship, and teaching. Legal theology might be considered to be a branch of ecclesiology. Many scholars refer to church law as applied ecclesiology, and in so doing they speak of a “theology of church law” and a “theology in church law.” The former is a doctrinal and perhaps more speculative exercise; the latter is more descriptive and scientific.

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Norman Doe , “Towards a Critique of the Role of Theology in English Ecclesiastical and Canon Law,” Ecclesiastical Law Journal 2, no. 11 (1992): 328–46

Nicholas Sagovsky , “The Contribution of Canon Law to Anglican-Roman Catholic Ecumenism,” Ecclesiastical Law Journal 13, no. 1 (2011): 414

Norman Doe , Christian Law: Contemporary Principles (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Mark Hill , “Christian Law: An Ecumenical Initiative,” Ecclesiastical Law Journal 16, no. 2 (2014): 215–16

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Journal of Law and Religion
  • ISSN: 0748-0814
  • EISSN: 2163-3088
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