Readings on Church and State

Readings on Church and State

Readings on Church and State

Readings on Church and State

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The subject of church and state is forever timely, but perhaps never more so than in the present period because of the phenomenal growth of nationalism, often allied with a resurgence of religion, the growing role of religion in national and international affairs, the rise of religious pluralism through out much of the modern world, the increasing encounters of world faiths with one another, the spread of authoritarian and totalitarian governments, and the growing recognition of religious liberty as an axiomatic principle basic to all human rights. Since all of these trends may be expected to continue for some time to come, tensions and even conflicts between church and state are, of course, inevitable. The widely varied, informative, and provocative essays in this volume address all of these issues and more. They are presented in this collection as an aid to inquiry and understanding.

The appearance of this volume comes upon the completion of thirty years of publication of Journal of Church and State. While the occasion of this publication is a commemorative one, its has a far more substantive reason for being since the essays in this volume represent three decades of scholarly reflection and research on the subject of church and state. Quite appropriately, these essays also reflect the ecumenical, interdisciplinary, and international dimensions of JCS, to which the journal has been committed from its founding in 1959.

The distinguished authors of these essays represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and religious traditions. While particular attention is given to the American experience of church-state relations, more than half of the essays focus on other parts of the world and on subjects of special importance in today's world. All of these essays are original works that were first published in Journal of Church and State. The thirty essays included in this volume constitute only a small portion of the almost six hundred essays that have been published in JCS during the past three decades. Nonetheless, the essays cover a wide range of topics on a subject that remains an enduring problem both for communities of faith and nation states throughout the world.

Profound appreciation is acknowledged here to the contributors of . . .

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