Irene Dingel, Christiane Tietz (Ed.)
Kirche und Staat in Deutschland, Frankreich und den USA
Geschichte und Gegenwart einer spannungsreichen Beziehung. XIV. Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Vorlesung 2010 in Mainz
1. Edition 2012
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte Mainz Beihefte -
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The contributions of this volume are written from a historical perspective and look at the specific form the relationship between church and state took in three different countries, with special attention being paid to their respective strengths and weaknesses.
The separation of church and state is one of the most important advances of modern times. Yet Germany, France and the United States took very different routes to achieving this. The present situation is full of questions that were approached in the papers given at the 14th Dietrich Bonhoeffer Lecture Series 2010 in Mainz and were answered from various perspectives. How and for what reason did these very different models come to be? What are their respective strengths and weaknesses? More recently, these questions have again cropped up in the discussion surrounding the role of Islam in Western societies.