The Civil Law and the Church
Lincoln, Charles Z. The Civil Law and the Church. New York: The Abington Press, . lii, 951 pp. Reprint available January, 2005 by the Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 1-58477-474-6. Cloth. $165. * A powerful resource for students of church-state relations, this book is a detailed compilation of principal judicial decisions rendered by the courts of Great Britain, Canada, and the United States that deal with questions relating to religious matters, religious societies, and civil matters with religious aspects. Arranged by confession and topic, it includes such chapters as "Arbitration," "Bible," "Civil Courts," "Deacons," "Jews," "Presbyterian Church," "Salvation Army," "Sunday" and "Unitarians." With a table of cases and a thorough index.
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Page 84 - A charity, in the legal sense, may be more fully defined as a gift, to be applied consistently with existing laws, for the benefit of an indefinite number of persons, either by bringing their minds or hearts under the influence of education or religion, by relieving their bodies from disease, suffering, or constraint, by assisting them to establish themselves in life, or by erecting or maintaining public buildings or works, or otherwise lessening the burdens of government.
Page 618 - In this country the full and free right to entertain any religious belief, to practice any religious principle, and to teach any religious doctrine which does not violate the laws of morality and property, and which does not infringe personal rights, is conceded to all. The law knows no heresy, and is committed to the support of no dogma, the establishment of no sect.
Page 589 - religion" has reference to one's views of his relations to his Creator, and to the obligations they impose of reverence for his being and character, and of obedience to his will.
Page 589 - With man's relations to his Maker and the obligations he may think they impose, and the manner in which an expression shall be made by him of his belief on those subjects, no interference can be permitted, provided always the laws of society, designed to secure its peace and prosperity, and the morals of its people, are not interfered with.
Page 100 - Christianity, general Christianity, is, and always has been, a part of the common law of Pennsylvania; ... not Christianity with an established church, and tithes, and spiritual courts; but Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men.
Page 516 - The third is where the religious congregation or ecclesiastical body holding the property is but a subordinate member of some general church organization in which there are superior ecclesiastical tribunals with a general and ultimate power of control more or less complete, in some supreme judi.catory over the whole membership of that general organization.