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Religion in Greek Society State, Public or Private?

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This chapter examines the relationship between the Orthodox Church of Greece and the Greek state in light of the debate concerning public-private spheres. The Orthodox Church of Greece is a state church, which asks for the state's assistance when it deems it necessary, even if it has to turn against other religious communities. The Orthodox Church of Greece is a state institution, which acts as part of the state. It appropriates the state apparatus in order to strengthen its position and status in Greek society. On the other hand, the Greek state appropriates the Orthodox Church of Greece, because of its historical role and probably in order to achieve what G. Hegel argues: that religion is a necessary state need for the good of society and that it is used for the moral edification of citizens and society in general (Hegel, 1992: 97-98).

Keywords: Greek society; Orthodox Church of Greece; private sphere; public sphere



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