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This is the introductary chapter of Freedom of Religion, which especially focuses on the relation of church and state and its impact for freedom of religion. The status of religion in society is presently a matter of worldwide debate. The idea of freedom of religion has developed in Europe since the sixteenth century. The conflicts in the church and the subsequent religious wars raised the question of how to avoid the horrible consequences of religious diversity. The theme of freedom of religion is broad and far reaching. Finally the chapter presents four main goals of this volume.

Keywords: church; Europe; freedom of religion; religious diversity; sixteenth century



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