Exorcism and the Law: Are the Ghosts of the Reformation Haunting Contemporary Debates on Safeguarding versus Autonomy?

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This article explores how secular and Canon Law on exorcism have evolved in tandem in England, each subject to the influence of the other, as well as wider cultural changes. It considers how the historically cautious and strictly regulated approach of the Church of England still influences the legal contemporary framework and explores how the present day judicial approach in this jurisdiction contrasts with other contexts in the Common Law world.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-81
Number of pages31
JournalLaw and Justice
Volume180
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2018

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