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Separation Of Church And State

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This chapter deals with the developmental process of the separation of church and state in the course of Western history, divided into a premodern and an early modern period. It presents Samuel Pufendorf, a model for the emerging functional differentiation of church and state, who greatly influenced his contemporaries and later generations of scholars, including Rousseau. The chapter examines how the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state is legitimised in modern times and how it relates to religious freedom. It explores, by means of empirical research, whether and to what extent the separation of church and state is accepted by the citizens of the democratic state who are supposed to be its carriers. The separation of church and state appears to be a knotty problem as far as the issue of the res mixtae is concerned, especially in the case of euthanasia and abortion.

Keywords: church-state relations; early modern period; premodern period; religious freedom

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