Germany - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Germany

POPULATION 83,251,851
ROMAN CATHOLIC 34.8 percent
EVANGELICAL CHURCH IN GERMANY (EKD) 34.4 percent
EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCHES 1.8 percent
OTHER CHRISTIAN 1.8 percent
OTHER RELIGIONS 3.2 percent
NO RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION 24.0 percent

Germany

Country Overview

Prior to 2002 religious groups that were organized according to Germany's association law—which provided legal recognition of different associations, including sports clubs or charity associations—were highly protected. Then in 2002 the following regulation was introduced: Even if associations declare themselves to be religious, they may be prohibited if they are suspected of opposing the constitution. Thus, religious communities that accept the German state constitution have religious freedom. The state monitors cases of suspected terrorist support and of suspected psychological manipulation, especially of young people.

The relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the various Protestant denominations is marked by a climate of intense ecumenism. The rapprochement between Catholics and Protestants is practiced even more on the congregational level...

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