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Political religion
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1. Concept

Political religion (Latin religio politica) has been an interpretive term of early modern religious and political theory since the 17th century. It reflects on the problems and crises that resulted from the Reformation’s separation of secular and spiritual authority and of political and ecclesiastical orders. It had a critical function: in relation to religion, the term was used in oppositi…

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Voigt, Friedemann, “Political religion”, 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 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025682>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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