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Parity
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[German Version]

denotes the equal status in law of religious communities in the state; it therefore presupposes the dissolution of confessional homogeneity within the state. Parity had been practiced earlier, but in Germany it first gained legal form through the (still limited) equality granted to the Catholic and Protestant parties, particularly in the Peace of Augsburg. It gained an explicit basis in constitutional law in the Peace of Westphalia as aequalitas exacta mutuaque (“complete and mutual equality”). At the same time, the previously excluded Reformed beli…

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Link, Christoph, “Parity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124274>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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