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Church-State Agreements
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[German Version]

I. Terminology – II. Historical Development – III. Content and Function

I. Terminology

Church-state agreements (Ger. Kirchenverträge) are agreements between the state and a Protestant church. Along with agreements between the state and the Catholic Church (Concordats) and other religious bodies they constitute one source of modern law governing church and state.

II. Historical Development

These agreements have been possible in Germany ever since the We…

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Germann, Michael, “Church-State Agreements”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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