Canon Law and Theology

John J. Coughlin

in Law, Person, and Community

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199756773
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932177 | DOI:
Canon Law and Theology

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This chapter looks at two fundamental questions about the relationship between canon law and theology. The first question concerns the validity of canon law. In light of the fact that Christianity is a spiritual faith and the church a religious entity, what justifies law and legal structure? The second fundamental question about the relation between canon law and theology concerns whether canon law is an ordinance of faith or an ordinance of reason. The chapter discusses a few critical elements for a theology of canon law as responses to the two questions posed about the relation between canon law and theology. The responses to both questions focus on the anthropological basis of canon law.

Keywords: canon law; theology; Christianity; ordinance; faith; reason; justification; anthropology

Chapter.  14015 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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