Title

Democracy and the Church-State Relationship

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

Spring 1991

Publisher

Philosophy Documentation Center

Source Publication

Philosophy & Theology

Source ISSN

0890-2461

Abstract

There are good historical reasons for emphasis on separation of church and state in a democracy, but the separation can be carried too far. Concerning the relationship of church and state, various Christian denominations divide up into separatists and unificationists, and each tendency can lead into extremes which could under certain conditions be inimical to democracy. Going beyond questions of constitutional separation, one may argue for a mutual utility and complementarity of church and democratic polity. Whether a strictly necessary relationship is entailed is a more complex problem.

Comments

Philosophy & Theology, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Spring 1991): 251-258. DOI.

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