State and Religion

Re-assessing a Mutual Relationship

Sophie van Bijsterveld

paperback/ gebrocheerd: € 45.50: GRATIS verzending! (NL)
ISBN: 9789462368286, February 2018, Engels
Formaat: 24.3 (h) x 17.3 (b) x 1.5 (d) cm. Gewicht: 380 gram.

Uitgever: Eleven international publishing

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With a foreword by Ján Figel, Special Envoy for Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the EU.

What room should be granted to controversial statements and expressions about faith? Should the state subsidize the building of places of worship? How much loyalty to the state can be demanded of religions? Under what
circumstances may the state and religious communities work together to reach a common goal? What does equal treatment of religions mean today?

The debate on the relation between the state and religion is proceeding at full speed and in great intensity. Classic principles, such as the separation of church and state and the freedom of religion, are shared by all but no longer seem to offer any anchorage. A new view giving new direction and
orientation is needed. This book is intended to contribute to that vision. It explores the foundations on which the relation between the state and religion must be built, and the consequences this has for the attitude of
the state toward religion in concrete issues facing the Netherlands at the beginning of the 21st century. The results are translated into concrete
recommendations.

This book is intended for politicians and policymakers and for those who are involved in churches and identity-driven social organizations. It is also intended for the academic world - and for anyone who is interested in the
relation between the state, society, and religion in light of the developments in society today.

In 2015 the original Dutch version of this book, Overheid en godsdienst: Herijking van een onderlinge relatie, was awarded the A.F. de Savornin Lohman Prize.

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