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Culture and Religion

Publication: Freedom of Religion in the 21st Century

Recent history shows that a number of religious claims challenge the neutral state. How can conflicting interpretations of the relation between religion and state be balanced in our world?



Freedom of religion consists of the right to practice, to manifest and to change one’s religion. The modern democratic state is neutral towards the variety of religions, but protects the right of citizens to practice their different religious beliefs. Recent history shows that a number of religious claims challenge the neutral state. This happens especially when secularity is rejected as the basis of the modern state. How can conflicting interpretations of the relation between religion and state be balanced in our world?

The book 'Freedom of Religion in the 21st Century' reflects on conflicts that seem to be implied in the freedom of religion, on its causes and how they can be overcome. It was edited by Hans-Georg Ziebertz, University of Würzburg and Ernst Hirsch Ballin, University of Amsterdam and Tilburg University.

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