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Established church

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Author(s): Schima, Stefan
1. Terminology The term  established church denotes a dominant church within the fabric of a territory’s religious communities that has to cooperate with the authority of the state in extensive areas. In countries with an established church, the state is typically deeply involved in the legislation of the church and in appointments to its most important offices. Closely related to the term  established church are the terms state churchimperial churchLandeskirche, national church, people’s church, and  state religion. Only rarely can a clear line be drawn bet…
Date: 2019-10-14