The sacred and the secular-economic

A cross-country comparison of the regulation of the economic activities of religious organizations

Authored by: David M. Malitz

Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138182509
eBook ISBN: 9781315646435
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Social differentiation remains an accepted core of the secularization thesis. In modern life, the sacred has become separated from the secular sphere. As much comparative research has shown, this process has not resulted in a homogeneous global secularity, but a multitude of secularisms. Even among stable and secular democracies, state-religion relations can take very diverse forms.

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