Religion: Antidisestablishmentariasm

Antidisestablishmentarianism

Separation of church and state is mainly a New World notion. European countries from Lutheran Sweden to Roman Catholic Spain are accustomed to some kind of state-church fusion. The English all it Establishment and somehow manage to make its antique machinery function, despite such intermittent creakings and groanings as to make a non-Britisher think the whole contraption is about to fall apart. Essence of the Establishment: the state protects the Church of England but also supervises its affairs; the monarch is head of...

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