Religion Past and Present

Get access

Cuius regio, eius religio
(231 words)

[German Version]

(“whose region, his religion”) is the slogan-like abbreviation of the state-church system in the old Empire characterized by the ius reformandi for territorial princes created in the Religious Peace of Augsburg (1555). According to this, rulers are justified in determining the confession in their territories, although they were restricted to the Roman Catholic or the Augsburg Confession. In addition, there were a number of special regulations, for imperial cities, for example. Those not of the regional confession were granted the right to emigrate ( Ius emigrand…

Cite this page
de Wall, Heinrich, “Cuius regio, eius religio”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲