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Legal Christianity Conceived

Steven K. Green

in The Second Disestablishment

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195399677
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777150 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399677.003.0005
Legal Christianity Conceived

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This begins a three-chapter discussion of legal disestablishment, of the development and decline of the maxim that Christianity formed part of the common law. It traces the origins of the maxim in higher-law notions, British common law, and Puritan legal codes. It discusses the influence of jurists William Blackstone, Joseph Story, and James Kent and the maxim’s early application in blasphemy and Sunday law cases. The chapter argues that the maxim influenced early legal attitudes toward understandings of disestablishment.

Keywords: higher law; common law; Christian nation; Puritan; William Blackstone; Joseph Story; James Kent; blasphemy; Sunday law

Chapter.  10690 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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