Author(s): Noel Cox
This book is an exploration of some aspects of the basis of the legal authority of the Church, as a tool in exploring the relationship of church and State in a post-colonial world. It takes as its particular example the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, but examines issues and concepts which have a much broader, indeed universal, relevance. The Anglican Church in New Zealand is a part of the universal Christian church, and as such the issues which face it, although in some respects unique, are echoed throughout the rest of God's earth, to a greater or lesser degree. The study is especially important at a time when the law may prove of benefit in helping to resolve seeming intractable differences in the Anglican Communion.
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Noel Cox was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He graduated from the University of Auckland with an LL.B. and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Later he undertook an LL.M. at the same university, and received the Fowlds Memorial Prize as the most distinguished student in the Faculty of Law. He subsequently undertook a Ph.D in the Department of Political Studies at the same university. His doctoral research, under the supervision of Associate Professor Raymond Miller, was on the topic of the "The Evolution of the New Zealand Monarchy: The Recognition of an Autochthonous Polity". He also obtained a Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (Cert.Tert.Tchg.), and a Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching (Grad.Dip.Tert.Tchg.), from the Auckland University of Technology. Professor Cox also holds an M.A. in theology, in the Archbishhop of Canterbury's Examination in Theology, for a thesis entitled "An exploration of the basis of legal authority of the Anglican Church in New Zealand", and an M.Theol. at the University of Auckland, in the field of systematic theology, on the topic "The meaning of catholicity with respect to ordained ministry in the Anglican Communion: An examination of the ecclesiology implicit in the validity of orders debate". He also completed a Licence in Theology (L.Th.) from the University of Wales Lampeter. Noel Cox holds the position of Professor of Constitutional Law at the Auckland University of Technology, where he is Chairman of the Department of Law. He received the Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Award for Research, in 2002. He spent the summer of 2003-2004 as a Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, The Australian National University, and the latter part of 2006 at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. He is a member of the Cathedral Council of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland, and is married to Katy.
Contents include: Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- Chapter 1, Sources of Authority - Ecclesiastical -- Chapter 2, Sources of Authority - Secular -- Chapter 3, The nature of Legislative Power -- Chapter 4, The Nature of Judicial Power -- Chapter 5, The Nature of Ministerial Authority -- Chapter 6, Conclusion -- Note on the Author -- Bibliography -- Index.