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Religious community
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1. General

A religious community (Religionsgemeinschaft) is a concept of German state church law used since the 18th-century Enlightenment to designate in a neutral way a corporation of the followers of a religious conviction. It does not contain any theological judgment and allows the state to avoid taking a position with respect to the validity of the religious doctrine it represents. The historical evolution of the concept is connected to the process of secularization (legal) in the e…

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Pahud de Mortanges, René, “Religious community”, 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 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026525>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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