Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New issue of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal... out.

Following is the table of contents to EccLJ 11.3, with abstracts:


John Witte, "A Demonstrative Theory of Natural Law: Johannes Althusius and the Rise of Calvinist Jurisprudence" pp. 248-265.
Early modern Calvinists produced a rich tradition of natural law and natural rights thought that shaped the law and politics of protestant lands. The German-born Calvinist jurist Johannes Althusius produced one of the most original Calvinist natural law theories at the turn of the seventeenth century. Althusius argued for the natural qualities of a number of basic legal norms and practices by demonstrating their near universal embrace by classical and biblical, catholic and protestant, theological and legal communities alike. On this foundation, he developed a complex theory of public, private, penal and procedural rights and duties for his day, to be embraced by everyone, particularly by those who were slaughtering each other in religious wars, persecutions and inquisitions. Althusius' theory of natural law and natural rights was Calvinist in inspiration but universal in aspiration, and it anticipated the political formulations of a number of later Western writers, including Locke, Rousseau and Madison.

Charles Mynors, "Ecclesiastical Buildings: Constraints and Opportunities" pp. 266-283.
This paper looks at the systems available for the control of works to churches, and considers the arguments for and against the ecclesiastical exemption from the secular system of listed building control. It also examines the principles underlying the exercise of the faculty jurisdiction in relation to works to churches, both those that are listed and others, and relates this to the most recent policy guidance from English Heritage.

"A Decade of Ecumenical Dialogue on Canon Law"
A Report on the Proceedings of the Colloquium of Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers 1999–2009, pp. 284-328.
In the decades that followed the close of the Second Vatican Council, great progress was made in the dialogue between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church. During that period, the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) was founded in 1967 by Pope Paul VI and the Archbishop of Canterbury (Michael Ramsey). The rich and common heritage shared by Anglicans and Roman Catholics found expression in the work and statements of ARCIC. In the background was the work of theologians, historians, liturgists and Scripture scholars, and many relationships were being cultivated locally in dioceses and parishes around the world. While the possible significance of Church law had been recognised in the 1974 World Council of Churches Report, Christian Unity and Church Law, there has been no sustained discussion of canon law in the work of ARCIC.

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John Witte, "Keeping the Commandments" pp. 329-331.

Stephen White, "The Maintenance of Closed Anglican Churchyards" pp. 331-334.

Frank Cranmer, "Human Sexuality and the Church of Scotland: Aitken et al v Presbytery of Aberdeen" pp. 334-339.

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