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Separation Of Church And State And Freedom Of Religion: Left To The Gods? An Empirical Study Among Dutch Young People

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In this chapter, the author relates the question to two constitutional principles: the separation of church and state and religious freedom. The latter is one of the most fundamental human rights and the first functions as its necessary condition. Together they form one of the cornerstones of Western society. The chapter inquires theoretically into identifications processes within a multicultural society. It explores the function of the separation of church and state and religious freedom. The chapter elaborates on the meaning of religious beliefs and rites. On this basis it posit certain expectations about the influence of religious beliefs and ritual participation on the attitudes toward the separation of church and state and the freedom of religion. Then, the chapter turns to author's empirical, exploratory study.

Keywords: church; multicultural society; religious freedom



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