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Religion in Public LifeMust Faith Be Privatized?$
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Roger Trigg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199543670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543670.001.0001

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Church and State

Church and State

(p.10) 1 Church and State
Religion in Public Life

Roger Trigg

Oxford University Press

This chapter first looks into the recent European history to examine the horror of the removal of liberty, and of religious freedom, it examines the persecution of churches and believers. The second section looks into state support and control on churches. The idea that clergy are employees of the State, and have a special responsibility to their employer are worrying. It follows that this financial embrace may put shackles on church interest. The third section argues that it is not tolerant to judge another's beliefs as false. Reference to identity and tradition raises the question of whether any State should be identified with a national Church. The last section looks into the meaning of ‘Establishment’ of a Church.

Keywords:   liberty, religious freedom, church establishment, persecution, State, Church, national Church

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