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Political theology
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1. The term

Political theology plays a role in the theory of the state, in the history of religion, and in the history of theology. In the early modern period, these three semantic fields related in various ways to the political significance of faith, religion, and the church. The differences resulted primarily from the assessment of the relationship between religion and individual freedom, between ecclesiastical authority and a bourgeois society oriented toward the individual right to freedom. 

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Voigt, Friedemann, “Political theology”, 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 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025686>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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