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A temple or building consecrated to the Honor of God and religion; or, an assembly of persons, united by the profession of the same Christian faith, met together for all religious worship. Robertson v. Bullions, 9 Barb. 95 (1850). The civil courts have only to do with the rights of property. When a right of property depends on a civil court question, and that question has been decided by the highest tribunal within the religious organization to which it has been carried, the civil courts accept that decision as final. Relations of Civil Law to Church Policy (1875) Hon. William Strong; Watson v. Jones, 13 Wall. 713, 722-31 (1871). In a moral or spiritual sense this word signifies a society of persons who profess the Christian religion; and in a physical or material sense, the place where such. persons assemble. The term church is nomen collectivum; it comprehends the chancel, aisles, and body of the church.


By the English law, the terms church or chapel, and church-yard, are expressly recognized as in themselves correct and technical descriptions of the building and place, even in criminal proceedings. It is not within the plan of this work to ...

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