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Church and state, separation of
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1. Definition and qualifications

The separation of  church and state is not a status that can be described abstractly and thus reduced to a normative type, but rather is a political goal that must be evaluated from case to case and by area (e.g. the abolishment of church taxes levied by the state or other services performed by the state for churches). When we speak of the separation of church and stat…

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Winzeler, Christoph, “Church and state, separation of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029052>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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