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Religious Societies (Germany)
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1. History.

The concept originated in the rational Enlightenment doctrine of natural law (IV), and especially in the state-church law theory of collegialism. “Religious societies” is thus a short formula for the outside view of the churches, and later of all religious confessional societies from the vantage point of the religiously neutral state, which no longer concerns itself with the issue of religious truth and is theref…

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Link, Christoph, “Religious Societies (Germany)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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