The Courts and the Colonies Paperback

The Litigation of Hutterite Church Disputes

by Alvin J. Esau;

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The Courts and the Colonies

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As Christian pacifists with a credo of nonresistance, the Hutterites live communally, sharing all wealth and material goods. So when top members of certain colonies request court adjudication enforced by state violence to settle an "inside" issue, the fundamental values of their belief system are called into question. "The Courts and the Colonies" offers a detailed account of the protracted dispute that arose in a Manitoba colony when leaders turned to the secular legal system to resolve an internal conflict. In an unprecedented move, the leaders went to court to force the departure of a group that had been excommunicated but would not leave. Could the colony expect secular law to enforce religious practices? Should the laws of the state regulate decisions about church membership, discipline, and expulsions from the colony? If so, how? Alvin Esau examines the history of Hutterite litigation and how the roots of the schism related to the controversy. At stake is the nature of religious freedom in Canada and the extent to which our pluralistic society is prepared to accommodate groups with illiberal legal systems that may not cohere with that of the external society.While this book will be of particular interest to scholars of law and religion, it will also appeal to anyone in Anabaptist studies, sociology, anthropology, political theory, and conflict resolution.

The Courts and the Colonies by Alvin J. Esau was published by University of British Columbia Press in July 2005. The ISBN for The Courts and the Colonies is 9780774811170.

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Details for The Courts and the Colonies

Page last updated 3rd July 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press (July 2005)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages400
Thickness33 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1157755
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