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Legal Christianity Refuted

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/9780195399677.003.0007
Legal Christianity Refuted

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This chapter traces the decline of the maxim of Christianity’s incorporation into the law. It discusses the transformation in attitudes during the antebellum era through the impact of movements toward codification and making the law “scientific.” These developments influenced jurists’ attitudes about the law’s immutability and its relation to Christian principles. The chapter traces the gradual rejection of the maxim by judges in legal areas such as profane swearing, oaths, probate law, church property disputes, and Sunday law enforcement.

Keywords: legal reform; codification; scientific law; Christian nation; swearing; oaths; probate; church property; Sunday laws

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Subjects: Christianity

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