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Ius in sacra / ius circa sacra
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[German Version]

The expressions ius in sacra and ius circa sacra came into use in the 17th century but were not clearly distinguished until the 19th century. They denote the legal authority of the territorial ruler by virtue of his supervisory authority over all corporations and religious bodies (Secular supremacy: ius in sacra), grounded in his secular authority, and his authority as summepiscopus (Summepiscopate of the princes) of the Protestant church (ius in sacris). Episcopalist theology (Episcopalism: I) developed a graduated theory of secular authority, in conse…

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Link, Christoph, “Ius in sacra / ius circa sacra”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10657>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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