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Church-State relations in Europe

Sandberg, Russell ORCID: and Doe, Christopher Norman ORCID: 2007. Church-State relations in Europe. Religion Compass 1 (5) , pp. 561-578. 10.1111/j.1749-8171.2007.00040.x

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Academic lawyers frequently distinguish between three models of church–state relations in Europe: state–church systems, separation systems and hybrid systems. However, the sociologist of religion Grace Davie has suggested that by using sociological, historical and legal evidence to understand religion in Europe, we can reveal a basic common ‘European’ approach to religion, which also acknowledges the differences between the northern Protestant state–church systems and the southern Catholic separation systems. This article seeks to elucidate the legal model and to assess whether Davie's analysis is preferable in light of the legal evidence. This will enable a tentative conclusion to be made as to the religious identity of the continent: Is Europe Christian or secular?

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1749-8171
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 May 2017
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 17:22

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