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Territorialism/Territorial System
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[German Version]

Territorialism is a theory of the legal relationship between the state and the church, according to which the all-embracing sovereignty of the prince includes sovereignty over the church and the public practice of religion in his territory; this means that all leadership authority in the church derives from the territorial lord. Chronologically the territorial system gradually gave way to episcopalism (which was influenced increasingly by territorialist arguments as it emerged); i…

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Link, Christoph, “Territorialism/Territorial System”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_125080>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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