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“Separation and Cooperation: Perspectives from USA and Europe”

Conference Paper by Allan Carlson

Allan Carlson begins his paper by stating there are widespread fears that the current US Administration under George W. Bush brings religion and politics alarmingly close together. On one level, Carlson argues, this fear is overstated. However, on another level, he suggests “the contemporary infusion of Christian ideas and energy into American politics is very real…and nothing new at all.” Further, he posits that the grounding of American political society on the “separation of church and state” is not true.

The author suggests that comparing the American situation with the Church of Sweden can help create an appreciation for the former. He elaborates on the development of the Church of Sweden. He also draws examples from historical American court decisions to illustrate his argument. Carlson traces the evolution of church and state in American society.

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Author(s): Allan Carlson;
Publisher: Centre for Cultural Renewal [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2006; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF, Hard Copy

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Religion
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Religion / 2006

Keywords / Tags:

US Administration; George W. Bush; Christian ideas in American politics; separation of church and state; Church of Sweden; USA; historical American court decisions; evolution of church and state in America;