The relationship between church and state in a democracy with guaranteed freedom of religion

Authors

  • P Coertzen

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17570/ngtt.2008.v49n1.a17

Keywords:

freedom of religion, church and state

Abstract

The article is about the relationship between church and state in a country, like South Africa where there is guaranteed freedom of religion. It is suggested that the answer must be sought through the guidelines of the Kingdom of God, the church as a unique entity amongst others within the kingdom and the state as a servant of God. The idea put forward by John Hiemstra of society consisting of a principled plurality of complementary, overlapping and mutual interdependent institutions and associations, a plurality of directions and a contextual plurality are explored as helpful in finding a answer to the question posed.

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Published

2008-06-30

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Articles • Artikels