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Basic Outlines Of The ‘Political Science Of Religion’

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The general subject of the - what we would propose to call - political science of religion is the relationship between politics and religion as it is and as it should be. Researching the connection between politics and religion would be unnecessary if all human beings were irreligious or all conflicts in this world were eliminated, and humankind remained in the status of the communio sancta. For representatives of the political scientists' guild the most uncomfortable and difficult question is that of understanding religion, i.e. the concept or definition of religion. The experience of the religious community as a society can be definitive for the model of society as such or the political society of politically active citizens. The supreme basic norms and values of the constitution function as the ultimate measure of judgement of the decisions of the executive powers (government and administration), legislation and jurisdiction.

Keywords: political science; political society; religion; religious community

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