Religion and The State

Phillip E. Hammond and David W. Machacek

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Religion and The State

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The relationship between religion and the state has never been easy or harmonious for long. This article shows that is has taken many forms by presenting a historical overview of the variable relations that have existed between religions and the state with reference to several countries, including China, Brazil, and Poland. It notes the difference often overlooked between the relationship between politics and religion and that between religion and the state. While there is an increasing focus on the relations between religion and the state, few topics can be as relevant today as the ever-tighter link between religion and nationalism. This is not so surprising in many parts of the world, where the only effective language of political discourse is religious language.

Keywords: China; Brazil; state and religion; politics; nationalism

Article.  6368 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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