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Church Law
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The church has to do its work in the world under secular conditions. It must present itself in the world as a historical entity, using secular means to ensure that it endures and does justice to its task. Thus it must have a specific constitution and specific standards of action for itself and its members. The term “church law” comprises all the provisions that serve the continued existence …

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Pirson, Dietrich and von Tiling, Peter, “Church Law”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 14 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C801>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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