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Law and Legislation
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I. History of Religion – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. Dogmatics and Ethics – V. Politics and Jurisprudence

I. History of Religion

Laws are generally regarded as formulated, i.e. sentential and often codified rules of life and coexistence; this refers especially to principles of nature (Law/Natural law) and norms of action (Commandment, Ethics).

For the modern age, the validity of natural laws arise…

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Michaels, Axel, Otto, Eckart, Räisänen, Heikki, Sparn, Walter and Starck, Christian, “Law and Legislation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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