Definition of CHURCH


CHURCH

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 churcb.
Ham. N. P. 204.

2. 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. 8 B. & C. *25;
1 Salk. 256; 11 Co. 25 b; 2 Esp. 5, 28.

3. It is not within the plan of this work to give an account of the different
local regulations in the United States respecting churches. References are
here given to enable the inquirer to ascertain what they are, where such
regulations are known to exist. 2 Mass. 500; 3 Mass. 166; 8 Mass. 96; 9
Mass. 277; Id. 254; 10 Mass. 323; 15 Mass. 296 16 Mass. 488; 6 Mass. 401;
10 Pick. 172 4 Day, C. 361; 1 Root 3, 440; Kirby, 45; 2 Caines" Cas. 336;
10 John. 217; 6 John. 85; 7 John. 112; 8 John. 464; 9 John. 147; 4 Desaus.
578; 5 Serg. & Rawle, 510; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 35; Metc. & Perk. Dig. h. t.;
4 Whart. 531.

Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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