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Coordination Theory
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viewed the relationship between church and state as an equal partnership between two sovereign powers (Violence: IV). It is rooted in corresponding teachings on the relationship between empire and papacy, and was invoked by Roman Catholic doctrine in the 19th century as an argument against the modern state's claim to sovereignty (in its configuration as secular supremacy). After 1945, if only temporarily, it once again attained a high degree of significance in Germany when the legal status of the churches, as adopted from the Weimar co…

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Germann, Michael, “Coordination Theory”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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