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Registration, Church
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[German Version]

Today the church registration system in Germany has its legal basis in the federal civil registration law and the supplemental registration laws of the several Länder. Originally it served only the interests of the security police, making sure that the state could reach any citizen at any time; as the modern social state developed, it became primarily a tool for collecting and recording general personal information. As in the case of the civil registration system, the constitutional right of negative free…

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Hübner, Hans-Peter, “Registration, Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13870>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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