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CANONOLOGY:REDEFINING CANON LAW FROM AN EASTERN PERSPECTIVE

William J. Chriss, University of Texas

Abstract

This article seeks to characterize the dominant schools of thought among the contemporary canon law scholars of the Eastern Church, and to argue for a new nomenclature in study and commentary upon church canons or laws based upon a synthetic understanding of these various Eastern approaches. This nomenclature is designed to convey the notion of an interdisciplinary method of canonical analysis similar to and based upon the various methods already used by Orthodox canonists and theologians. This method includes: a textual study of the canons themselves, a review of interpretations of them, a survey of the historical context in which the canons were promulgated, and an analysis of the historical context within which they were collected and interpreted. We denominate this method “Canonology.”

Suggested Citation

William J. Chriss. 2007. "CANONOLOGY:REDEFINING CANON LAW FROM AN EASTERN PERSPECTIVE" The SelectedWorks of William J Chriss
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/william_chriss/4

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