Recently published, Church Laws and Ecumenism: A New Path for Christian Unity, edited by Norman Doe (Routledge, 2020), will be of particular interest to church lawyers, ecumenists and religious sociologists, and marks a significant step forward in the new discipline of juridical ecumenism.
The volume compares the legal and regulatory regimes of Christian churches as systems of religious law, taking into account the Statement of Principles of Christian Law produced by the ecumenical panel of theologians and canon lawyers in 2016, which is now reproduced as an appendix in this volume.
Those who contributed to the 2016 Statement have now responded as representatives of their own traditions — which range from Catholic and Anglican, to Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed, Baptist and Pentecostal. Among the contributors are Revd Paul Rochester, General Secretary of the Free Churches Group, writing as a Pentecostal, and Revd Dr Paul Goodliff, General Secretary of Churches Together in England, writing as a Baptist.
Purchase the book on the Routledge website (hardcover and e-book versions available).