Conference „Religious Diversity in European Societies and its Consequences on the Relations of State and Religious Communities, e.g. in Public Schools”
Religion and matters of religious belonging and religious extremism have returned to the social dis-course and the political agenda in European states in recent years.
What holds societies together in times of growing religious and ideological plurality and spreading abuse of religion to legitimize violence and terror? This question is prevalent in societies all over Eu-rope and is subject to academic and political debate. It is necessary to discuss how state and society can and must adapt to a transforming religious landscape.
The situation in the states of the European Union could not be more heterogeneous. The relations between state and churches and other religious groups have evolved in unique ways as a result of specific historic conditions and processes of migration. In addition in federal systems like Germany different forms and cultures of relations between state and church have evolved even on the state level.
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Finding common European strategies for tackling complex tasks under these circumstances is chal-lenging, yet there is a crucial need for exchange and understanding