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Judge and JuristEssays in Memory of Lord Rodger of Earlsferry$
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Andrew Burrows, David Johnston, QC, and Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677344.001.0001

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Faith, Trust, and Charity

Faith, Trust, and Charity

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(p.558) (p.559) 42 Faith, Trust, and Charity
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Judge and Jurist
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Joshua Getzler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677344.003.0042

This chapter focuses on the crowning work of Alan Rodger's series of studies in modern legal history. In his 2008 study of the Disruption of 1843, Rodger expertly charted the theological, legal, and constitutional conflicts that led to one-third of the ministry of the Church of Scotland seceding to form the Free Church. He then examined the ensuing battles over the identity and governance of the dissenting church and the due succession of ecclesiastical property — quarrels that would surface over and over again in the courts down to present times. The chapter describes the Scottish church conflicts in proprietary terms and sets the story against a wider backdrop of church law in England. Neither the Scottish nor the English story can be studied in isolation.

Keywords:   Alan Rodger, legal history, Disruption, Church of Scotland, secession, church conflicts, church law, England

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