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Religion, Law, and Democracy: Selected Writings

Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Mirjam Künkler, and Tine Stein

Abstract

This is the first representative edition in English of Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde’s writings on religion, law, and democracy. As a historian, legal scholar, and former judge on Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court, Böckenförde (1930–2019) has shaped legal and political discourse in twentieth-century Germany like few others. Doing so, he combined three normative orientations writings as a political liberal, as a social democrat, and as a Catholic. The included articles discuss the place of religion in modern democracy, the role of the Catholic Church in the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, the ... More

Keywords: secularism, religious freedom, Catholic Church, abortion, Hegel, religion in democracy, canon law, Federal Constitutional Court, dictum, open neutrality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198818632
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198818632.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, author
Professor Emeritus of Public Law, University of Freiburg; Former Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany

Mirjam Künkler, editor
Research Professor, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study

Tine Stein, editor
Professor of Political Theory, University of Göttingen

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Part I Catholic Church and Political Order

I The Ethos of Modern Democracy and the Church [1957]

Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Mirjam Künkler, and Tine Stein

II German Catholicism in 1933

Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Mirjam Künkler, and Tine Stein

III Types of Christian Conduct in the World during the Nazi Regime [1965/2004]

Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Mirjam Künkler, and Tine Stein

IV Religious Freedom between the Conflicting Demands of Church and State [1964–79]

Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Mirjam Künkler, and Tine Stein

Part II State and Secularity

Böckenförde on the Secular State and Secular Law

Mirjam Künkler, and Tine Stein

V The Rise of the State as a Process of Secularization [1967]

Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Mirjam Künkler, and Tine Stein

VI The Fundamental Right of Freedom of Conscience [1970]

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VII Remarks on the Relationship between State and Religion in Hegel [1982]

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VIII The Secularized State

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Part III On the Theology of Law and Political Theory

IX Political Theory and Political Theology

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X Reflections on a Theology of Modern Secular Law [1999]

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XI A Christian in the Office of Constitutional Judge [1999]

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XII On the Authority of Papal Encyclicals

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Part IV Basic Norms and the Principle of Human Dignity

XIII Abolition of Section 218 of the Criminal Code?

Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Mirjam Künkler, and Tine Stein

XIV Human Dignity as a Normative Principle

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XV Will Human Dignity Remain Inviolable? [2004]

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Part V Böckenförde in Context

XVI Biographical Interview with Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde [2011]

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