Encyclopedia of Law and Religion

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Edited by: Gerhard Robbers and W. Cole Durham

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In recent years, issues of freedom of religion or belief and state-religion relations have become increasingly important worldwide. The Encyclopedia of Law and Religion, unique in its breadth and global coverage, provides an important foundational resource for study of these issues. The encyclopedia covers the relation between law and religion in its various aspects, including those related to the role of religion in society, the relations between religion and state institutions, freedom of religion, legal aspects of religious traditions, the interaction between law and religion, and other issues at the junction of law, religion, and state.

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El Salvador

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Author(s): Norman Koschmieder
I. Social Facts With 6.2 million inhabitants, El Salvador is one of the smaller nations in Central America; but yet, it is the most densely populated nation, where many religions collide. Christian belief is predominant; about 50% of the population consider themselves Roman Catholics, although Protestant groups have grown enormously throughout the last decades. Today, they comprise about 33% of the population as a consequence of this strong increase. Among Evangelicals, 59% identify themselves as P…