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Established church
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1. Terminology

The term established church denotes a dominant church within the fabric of a territory’s religious communities that has to cooperate with the authority of the state in extensive areas. In countries with an established church, the state is typically deeply involved in the legislation of the church and in appointments to its most important offices. Closely related to the term established church are the terms state churchimperial chur…

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Schima, Stefan, “Established church”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027953>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126



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