Christian state

A Christian state is a country that recognizes a form of Christianity as its official religion and often has a state church (also called an established church),[1] which is a Christian denomination that supports the government and is supported by the government.[2]

Countries with Christianity as their state religion are in blue.

Historically, the nations of Aksum, Armenia,[3][4] Makuria, Holy Roman Empire, as well as the Roman Empire and its continuation, the Byzantine Empire declared themselves as Christian states.[5][6]

Today, several nations officially identify themselves as Christian states or have state churches. These countries include Argentina, Armenia, Costa Rica, El Salvador,[7] Denmark (incl. Greenland and the Faroes),[8] England,[9] Faroe Islands,[10] Georgia,[11] Greece,[12] Hungary,[13] Iceland,[14] Liechtenstein,[15] Malta,[16] Monaco,[17] Norway,[18] Samoa,[19] Serbia,[20] Tonga,[21] Tuvalu,[22] Vatican City,[23] and Zambia.[24] A Christian state stands in contrast to a secular state,[25] an atheist state,[26] or another religious state, such as a Jewish state,[27] or an Islamic state.[28]


The Armenian Orthodox church puts its founding at 301, with the conversion of Tiridates and declaration of Christianity as the official state religion, although the date is disputed.[29] In 380, three Roman emperors issued the Edict of Thessalonica (Cunctos populos), making the Roman Empire a Christian state,[5] and establishing Nicene Christianity, in the form of its State Church, as its official religion.[30]

The boundaries of the Eastern Roman Empire under Justinian the Great

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the late 5th century, the Eastern Roman Empire under the emperor Justinian (reigned 527–565), became the world's predominant Christian state, based on Roman law, Greek culture, and the Greek language."[6][31][32] In this Christian state, in which nearly all of its subjects upheld faith in Jesus, an "enormous amount of artistic talent was poured into the construction of churches, church ceremonies, and church decoration".[31] John Binns describes this era, writing that:[33]

A new stage in the history of the Church began when not just localised communities but nations became Christian. The stage is associated with the conversion of Constantine and the beginnings of a Christian Empire, but the Byzantine Emperor was not the first ruler to lead his people into Christianity, thus setting up the first Christian state. That honour traditionally goes to the church of Armenia.[33]

As a Christian state, Armenia "embraced Christianity as the religion of the King, the nobles, and the people".[3] In 326, according to official tradition of the Georgian Orthodox Church, following the conversion of Mirian and Nana, the country of Georgia became a Christian state, the Emperor Constantine the Great sending clerics for baptising people. In the 4th century, in the Kingdom of Aksum, after Ezana's conversion to the faith, this empire also became a Christian state.[4][34]

In the Middle Ages, efforts were made in order to establish a Pan-Christianity state by uniting the countries within Christendom.[35][36] Christian nationalism played a role in this era in which Christians felt the impulse to also recover those territories in which Christianity historically flourished, such as the Holy Land and North Africa.[37]

The First Great Awakening, American Revolution, and Second Great Awakening caused two rounds of disestablishment among the states of the new United States, from 1776 to 1833.[38]

Modern era


Article 2 of the Constitution of Argentina explicitly states that "the Federal Government supports the Roman Catholic Apostolic Faith" and Article 14 guarantees freedom of religion.[39][40][41] Although it enforces neither an official nor a state faith,[42] it gives Catholic Christianity a preferential status.[43][44][45] Before its 1994 amendment, the Constitution stated that the President of the Republic must be a Roman Catholic.


In Armenia Christianity is the state religion and the Armenian Apostolic Church is the national church. Armenia is the earliest Christian state.

Costa Rica

The constitution of Costa Rica states that "The Catholic and Apostolic Religion is the religion of the State".[7] As such, Catholic Christian holy days are recognized by the government and "public schools provide religious education", although parents are able to opt-out their children if they choose to do so.[46]


A Church of Denmark parish church in Holte, with the Dannebrog flying in its kirkyard

As early as the 11th century AD, "Denmark was considered to be a Christian state",[47][48] with the Church of Denmark, a member of the Lutheran World Federation, being the state church.[49] Prof. Wasif Shadid, of Leiden University, writes that:

The Lutheran established church is a department of the state. Church affairs are governed by a central government ministry, while clergy are government employees. The registration of births, deaths and marriages falls under this ministry of church affairs, and normally speaking the local Lutheran pastor is also the official registrar.[8]

82.1% of the population of Denmark are members of the Lutheran Church of Denmark, which is "officially headed by the queen of Denmark".[50] Furthermore, clergy "in the Church of Denmark are civil servants employed by the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs" and the "economic base of the Church of Denmark is state-collected church taxes combined with a direct state subsidiary (12%), which symbolically covers the expenses of the Church of Denmark to run the civil registration and the burial system for all citizens."[50]


Barbara Yorke writes that the "Carolingian Renaissance heightened appreciation within England of the role of king and church in a Christian state."[51] As such,

Since the 1701 Act of Establishment, England's official state church has been the Church of England, the monarch being its supreme governor and 'defender of the faith'. She, together with Parliament, has a say in appointing bishops, twenty-six of whom have ex officio seats in the House of Lords. In characteristically British fashion, where the state is representative of civil society, it was Parliament that determined, in the Act of Establishment, that the monarch had to be Anglican.[9]

Christian religious education is taught to children in primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom.[52] English schools have a legal requirement for a daily act of collective worship "of a broadly Christian character"[53] that is widely flouted.[54]

Faroe Islands

The Church of the Faroe Islands is the state church of Faroe Islands.[10]


Georgia is one of the oldest Christian states. Article 8 of Georgian Constitution and the Concordat of 2002 grants the Georgian Orthodox Church special privileges, which include legal immunity to the Patriarch of Georgia. The Orthodox Church is the most trusted institution in the country[55][56] and its head, Patriarch Ilia II, the most trusted person.[57][58]


Greece is a Christian state,[12][59] with the Greek Orthodox Church playing "a dominant role in the life of the country".[60]


Being an autonomous constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark, the Church of Denmark is the established church of Greenland through the Constitution of Denmark:

The Evangelical Lutheran Church shall be the Established Church of Denmark, and, as such, it shall be supported by the State.

Section IV of Constitution of Denmark[61]

This applies to all of the Kingdom of Denmark, except for the Faroe Islands, as the Church of the Faroe Islands became independent in 2007.


The preamble to the Hungarian Constitution of 2011 describes Hungary as "part of Christian Europe" and acknowledges "the role of Christianity in preserving nationhood", while Article VII provides that "the State shall cooperate with the Churches for community goals". However, the constitution also guarantees freedom of religion and separation of church and state.[13]


Reykjavík Cathedral, mother Church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland

Around AD 1000, Iceland became a Christian state.[62] The Encyclopedia of Protestantism states that:

The majority of Icelanders are members of the state church. Almost all children are baptized as Lutheran and more than 90 percent are subsequently confirmed. The church conducts 75 percent of all marriages and 99 percent of all funerals. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iceland is a member of the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches.[14]

All public schools have mandatory education in Christianity, although an exemption may be considered by the Minister of Education.[63]


Liechtenstein's constitution designates the Catholic Church as being the state Church of that country.[15] In public schools, per article 16 of the Constitution of Liechtenstein, religious education is given by Church authorities.[15]


Section Two of the Constitution of Malta specifies the state's religion as being the Roman Catholic Apostolic Religion.[64][16] It holds that the "authorities of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church have the duty to teach which principles are right and which are wrong" and that "religious teaching of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Faith shall be provided in all State schools as part of compulsory education".[64]


Article 9 of the Constitution of Monaco describes "La religion catholique, apostolique et romaine [the catholic, apostolic and Roman religion]" as the religion of the state.[17]


Church and state were formally separated in 2017 after a change to the constitution in 2012.[65][66] A timeline for the relationship between church and state is provided on the Norwegian Government's official website.[67]

Cole Durham and Tore Sam Lindholm, writing in 2013, stated that "For a period of one thousand years Norway has been a kingdom with a Christian state church" and that a decree went out in 1739 ordering that "Elementary schooling for all Norwegian children became mandatory, so that all Norwegians should be able to read the Bible and the Lutheran Catechism firsthand."[68] The modern Constitution of Norway stipulates that "The Church of Norway, an Evangelical-Lutheran church, will remain the Established Church of Norway and will as such be supported by the State."[69] As such, the "Norwegian constitution decrees that Lutheranism is the official religion of the State and that the King is the supreme temporal head of the Church."[70][71] The administration of the Church "is shared between the Ministry for Church, Education and Research centrally and municipal authorities locally",[70] and the Church of Norway "depends on state and local taxes".[72] The Church of Norway is responsible for the "maintenance of church buildings and cemeteries".[73] In the mid-20th century, the vast majority of Norwegians participated in the Lutheran Church. According to a 1957 description, "[o]ver 90 percent of the population are married by state church clergymen, have their children baptized and confirmed, and finally are buried with a church service."[74] However, current membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norway is much lower, standing at 65% of the population in 2021. [75]


Samoa became a Christian state in 2017. Article 1 of the Samoan Constitution states that “Samoa is a Christian nation founded of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”.[19]


Serbia as a territory became a Christian state during the time of Constantine the Great in Christianization of Eastern Roman Empire, according to the research and discoveries of artifacts left by the Illyrians, Triballi and other kindred tribes. More research has since been made that perhaps prove the existence of Serbs living in the Balkans during Roman times in Ilyria. In the centuries that followed from the fourth- to the 12th-century, when Catholic Church was in a battleground between Serbia due the Eastern Orthodox Church, Serbia prevailed as Orthodox Christian state under his jurisdiction through Saint Sava.[76]

Serbia as modern state, defines in his constitution as a secular state with guaranteed religious freedom.[77] However, orthodox Christians with 6,079,396 comprise 84.5% of country's population. The Serbian Orthodox Church is the largest and traditional church of the country, adherents of which are overwhelmingly Serbs. And the church directly or indirectly has both cultural influence on the decisions and positions of the state.[78][79][80]


Tonga became a Christian state under George Tupou I in the 19th century,[21][81] with the Free Wesleyan Church, a member of the World Methodist Council, being established as the country's state Church.[82] Under the rule of George Tupou I, there was established a "rigorous constitutional clause regulating observation of the Sabbath".[21]


The Church of Tuvalu, a Calvinist church in the Congregationalist tradition, is the state church of Tuvalu and was established as such in 1991.[83] The Constitution of Tuvalu identifies Tuvalu as "an independent State based on Christian principles".[22]

Vatican City

St. Peter's Square, Vatican City

Vatican City is a Christian state, in which the "Pope is ex officio simultaneously leader of the Catholic Church as well as Head of State and Head of the Government of the State of the Vatican City; he also possesses (de jure) absolute authority over the legislative, executive and judicial branches."[23]


Jeroen Temperman, a professor of international law at Erasmus University Rotterdam writes that:

Zambia is officially a Christian state as well, though the legal ramifications clearly do not compare to the latter state. The Preamble of the Constitution of Zambia establishes Zambia as a Christian state without specifying "Christian" denominationally. It simply proclaims: "We, the people of Zambia...declare the Republic a Christian nation..." As far as state practice is concerned, it may be pointed out that the Government maintains relations with the Zambian Council of Churches and requires Christianity to be taught in the public school curriculum.[84]

After "Zambia declared itself a Christian nation in 1991", "the nation's vice president urged citizens to 'have a Christian orientation in all fields, at all levels'."[24]

Established churches and former state churches

AnhaltEvangelical State Church of AnhaltUnited Protestant1918, during the German Revolution
ArmeniaArmenian Apostolic ChurchOriental Orthodox1921
AustriaCatholic ChurchCatholic1918, under the Federal Constitutional Law
BadenCatholic ChurchCatholic1918, during the German Revolution
United Evangelical Protestant State Church of BadenUnited Protestant1918, during the German Revolution
BavariaCatholic ChurchCatholic1918, during the German Revolution
Protestant State Church in the Kingdom of Bavaria right of the RhineLutheran and Reformed1918, during the German Revolution
United Protestant Evangelical Christian Church of the PalatinateUnited Protestant1918, during the German Revolution
BoliviaCatholic ChurchCatholic2009, under the Constitution of Bolivia
Brazil[note 1]Roman Catholic ChurchCatholic1890
BrunswickEvangelical Lutheran State Church in BrunswickLutheran1918, during the German Revolution
BulgariaBulgarian Orthodox ChurchEastern Orthodox1946
ChileCatholic ChurchCatholic1925
ColombiaCatholic ChurchCatholic1936[85]
ConnecticutCongregational ChurchReformed1818, under the Constitution of Connecticut
CubaCatholic ChurchCatholic1902
CyprusCypriot Orthodox ChurchEastern Orthodox1977 with the death of the Ethnarch Makarios III
CzechoslovakiaCatholic ChurchCatholic1920, under the Czechoslovak Constitution
DenmarkChurch of DenmarkLutheranCurrent
East FloridaChurch of EnglandAnglican1783
EnglandChurch of EnglandAnglicanCurrent
EthiopiaEthiopian Orthodox ChurchOriental Orthodox1974, after the formation of the Derg
Faroe IslandsChurch of the Faroe IslandsLutheranCurrent; elevated from a diocese of the Church of Denmark in 2007 (the two remain in close cooperation)
FinlandEvangelical Lutheran Church of FinlandLutheran1869; however the organisation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is regulated by the Constitution of Finland[86] and Church Act of 1993.[87] The state also carries out taxing for the funding of the church on its members.[87]
Finnish Orthodox ChurchEastern Orthodox1917
France[note 2]Catholic ChurchCatholic1905, under the law on the Separation of the Churches and the State
Georgia (country)Georgian Orthodox ChurchEastern Orthodox1921
GreeceGreek Orthodox ChurchEastern Orthodox[88]The Church of Greece is recognized by the Greek Constitution as the "prevailing religion" in Greece.[88] However, this provision does not give official status to the Church of Greece, while all other religions are recognized as equal and may be practiced freely.[89]
GreenlandChurch of DenmarkLutheranCurrent; under discussion to be elevated from The Diocese of Greenland in the Church of Denmark to a state church for Greenland, along‐the‐lines the Faroese Church took in 2007
GuatemalaCatholic ChurchCatholic1871
HaitiCatholic ChurchCatholic1987
HawaiiChurch of HawaiiAnglican1893, after the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom
HesseEvangelical Church in HesseUnited Protestant1918, during the German Revolution
Hungary[note 3]Roman Catholic ChurchCatholic1946
IcelandLutheran Evangelical ChurchLutheranCurrent
Ireland[note 4]Church of IrelandAnglican1871
Republic of Ireland[note 5]Catholic ChurchCatholic1973[96]
ItalyCatholic ChurchCatholic1985 (See Lateran Treaty § After 1946)
LiechtensteinCatholic Church[97]Catholic
LippeChurch of LippeReformed1918
LithuaniaCatholic ChurchCatholic1940
LübeckEvangelical Lutheran Church in the State of LübeckLutheran1918
LuxembourgCatholic ChurchCatholicNot an official state church
North MacedoniaMacedonian Orthodox ChurchEastern Orthodox1921
MaltaCatholic ChurchCatholicCurrent
Mecklenburg-SchwerinEvangelical Lutheran State Church of Mecklenburg-SchwerinLutheran1918
Mecklenburg-StrelitzMecklenburg-Strelitz State ChurchLutheran1918
MexicoCatholic ChurchCatholic1857, under the Federal Constitution (reestablished between 1864 and 1867)
MonacoCatholic ChurchCatholic1999 (reestablished again in 2020–present)
NetherlandsDutch Reformed ChurchReformed1795
New NetherlandReformed Church in AmericaReformed1674 (colony surrendered to English rule)
New BrunswickChurch of EnglandAnglican1850
NicaraguaCatholic ChurchCatholic1987, under the Constitution of Nicaragua
NorwayChurch of NorwayLutheran2017, by legislation[98][99]
Nova ScotiaChurch of EnglandAnglican1850
OldenburgEvangelical Lutheran Church of OldenburgLutheran1918
PanamaCatholic ChurchCatholic1904
ParaguayCatholic ChurchCatholic1992[100]
PeruCatholic ChurchCatholic1993, under the Constitution of Peru
Philippines[note 6]Catholic ChurchCatholic1898
Poland[note 7]Catholic ChurchCatholic1947
PortugalCatholic ChurchCatholic1910, 1976 (reestablished between 1933 and 1974)
Prince Edward IslandChurch of EnglandAnglican1850
Georgia (US state)Church of EnglandAnglican1789
Province of MarylandChurch of EnglandAnglican1776
MassachusettsCongregational ChurchReformed1834[101]
New HampshireChurch of EnglandAnglican1877
North CarolinaChurch of EnglandAnglican1776
South CarolinaChurch of EnglandAnglican1790
pre-1866 provinces
Evangelical State Church of Prussia's older Provinces with nine ecclesiastical provincesUnited Protestant1918
Province of Hanover
Evangelical Reformed State Church of the Province of HanoverReformed1918
Province of Hanover
Evangelical Lutheran State Church of HanoverLutheran1918
Province of Hesse-Nassau (partially)
Evangelical State Church of Frankfurt upon MainUnited Protestant1918
Province of Hesse-Nassau (partially)
Evangelical Church of Electoral HesseUnited Protestant1918
Province of Hesse-Nassau (partially)
Evangelical State Church in NassauUnited Protestant1918
Province of Schleswig-Holstein
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Schleswig-HolsteinLutheran1918
QuebecCatholic ChurchCatholic1960, after the Quiet Revolution
RomaniaRomanian Orthodox ChurchEastern Orthodox1947
RussiaRussian Orthodox ChurchEastern Orthodox1917, after the Russian Revolution
Thuringiachurch bodies in principalities which merged in Thuringia in 1920Lutheran1918
SaxonyEvangelical Lutheran State Church of SaxonyLutheran1918
Schaumburg-LippeEvangelical State Church of Schaumburg-LippeLutheran1918
Scotland[102]Church of ScotlandPresbyterianState control disclaimed since 1638. Formally recognised as not an established church in 1921
SerbiaSerbian Orthodox ChurchEastern Orthodox1946
SpainCatholic ChurchCatholic1978
SwedenChurch of SwedenLutheran2000
Switzerlandseparate Cantonal Churches («Landeskirchen»)Zwinglianism & Calvinism or Catholicduring the 20th century
TuvaluChurch of TuvaluReformedCurrent
United Province of CanadaChurch of EnglandAnglican1854
UruguayCatholic ChurchCatholic1918 (into effect in 1919)
VirginiaChurch of EnglandAnglican1786
WaldeckEvangelical State Church of Waldeck and PyrmontUnited Protestant1918
Wales[note 8]Church of EnglandAnglican1920
West FloridaChurch of EnglandAnglican1783
WürttembergEvangelical State Church in WürttembergLutheran1918

National church

A number of countries have a national church which is not established (as the official religion of the nation), but is nonetheless recognised under civil law as being the country's acknowledged religious denomination. Whilst these are not Christian states, the official Christian national church is likely to have certain residual state functions in relation to state occasions and ceremonial. Examples include Scotland (Church of Scotland) and Sweden (Church of Sweden). A national church typically has a monopoly on official state recognition, although unusually Finland has two national churches (the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and the Finnish Orthodox Church), both recognised under civil law as joint official churches of the nation.

See also


  1. Brazilian Laws - the Federal Constitution - The Organization of State. Retrieved 5 May 2012. Brazil had Roman Catholicism as the state religion from the country's independence, in 1822, until the fall of the Brazilian Empire. The new Republican government passed, in 1890, Decree 119-A "Decreto 119-A". Prohibits federal and state authorities to intervene on religion, granting freedom of religion. (still in force), instituting the separation of church and state for the first time in Brazilian law. Positivist thinker Demétrio Nunes Ribeiro urged the new government to adopt this stance. The 1891 Constitution, the first under the Republican system of government, abolished privileges for any specific religion, reaffirming the separation of church and state. This has been the case ever since – the 1988 Constitution of Brazil, currently in force, does so in its Nineteenth Article. The Preamble to the Constitution does refer to "God's protection" over the document's promulgation, but this is not legally taken as endorsement of belief in any deity.
  2. In France the Concordat of 1801 made the Catholic, Calvinist and Lutheran churches state-sponsored religions, as well as Judaism.
  3. In Hungary the constitutional laws of 1848 declared five established churches on equal status: the Catholic, Calvinist, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox and Unitarian Church. In 1868 the law was ratified again after the Ausgleich. In 1895 Judaism was also recognized as the sixth established church. In 1948 every distinction between the different denominations were abolished.[90][91]
  4. In the Kingdom of Ireland the Church of Ireland was established in the Reformation.[92] The Act of Union 1800 created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland with the United Church of England and Ireland established outside Scotland. The Irish Church Act 1869 demerged and disestablished the Church of Ireland,[92] and the island was partitioned in 1922.
  5. The Republic of Ireland's 1937 constitution prohibits an established religion.[93] Originally, it recognized the "special position" of the Catholic Church "as the guardian of the Faith professed by the great majority of the citizens", and recognized "the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland, as well as the Jewish Congregations and the other religious denominations existing in Ireland at the date of the coming into operation of this Constitution".[94] These provisions were deleted in 1973.[95]
  6. The Philippines was among several possessions ceded by Spain to the United States in 1898; religious freedom was subsequently guaranteed in the archipelago. This was codified in the Philippine Organic Act (1902), section 5: "... That no law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, and that the free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed." A similarly worded provision still exists in the present Constitution. Catholicism remains the predominant religion, wielding considerable political and cultural influence.
  7. Article 25 of the constitution states: "1. Churches and other religious organizations shall have equal rights. 2. Public authorities in the Republic of Poland shall be impartial in matters of personal conviction". Article 114 of the Polish March Constitution of 1921 declared the Catholic Church to hold "the principal position among religious denominations equal before the law" (in reference to the idea of first among equals). The article was continued in force by article 81 of the April Constitution of 1935. The Soviet-backed PKWN Manifesto of 1944 reintroduced the March Constitution, which remained in force until it was replaced by the Small Constitution of 1947.
  8. The Church in Wales was split from the Church of England in 1920, by Welsh Church Act 1914; at the same time becoming disestablished.



  1. Backhouse, Stephen (7 July 2011). Kierkegaard's Critique of Christian Nationalism. Oxford University Press. p. 60. ISBN 9780199604722. is only as an established institution that the Church can fully preserve and promote Christian tradition to the nation. One cannot have a Christian state without a state Church.
  2. Eberle, Edward J. (28 February 2013). Church and State in Western Society: Established Church, Cooperation and Separation. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 6. ISBN 9781409497806. Under the established church approach, the government will assist the state church and likewise the church will assist the government. Religious education is mandated by law to be taught in all schools, public or private.
  3. Milman, Henry Hart; Murdock, James (1887). The History of Christianity. A. C. Armstrong & Son. p. 258. But while Persia fiercely repelled Christianity from its frontier, upon that frontier arose a Christian state. Armenia was the first country which embraced Christianity as the religion of the King, the nobles, and the people.
  4. Ching, Francis D. K.; Jarzombek, Mark M.; Prakash, Vikramaditya (13 December 2010). A Global History of Architecture. John Wiley & Sons. p. 213. ISBN 9780470402573. In the 4th century, King Ezana converted to Christianity and declared Aksum a Christian state—the first Christian state in the history of the world.
  5. Ashby, Warren (4 July 2010). A Comprehensive History Of Western Ethics. Prometheus Books. p. 152. ISBN 9781615926947. In the Edict of Thessalonica (380) he expressed the imperial "desire" that all Roman citizens should become Christians, the emperor adjudging all other madmen and ordering them to be designated as heretics,...condemned as suffer divine punishment, and, therewith, the vengeance of that power, which we, by celestial authority, have assumed. There was thus created the "Christian State."
  6. Frucht, Richard C. (2004). Eastern Europe. ABC-CLIO. p. 627. ISBN 9781576078006. In contrast, the emperor Justinian (527-565) refashioned the eastern part of the Roman Empire into a strong and dynamic Byzantine Empire, which claimed Dalmatia, among other provinces. The Byzantine Empire became the world's predominant Christian state, based on Roman law, Greek culture, and the Greek language.
  7. Yakobson, Alexander; Rubinstein, Amnon (2009). Israel and the Family of Nations: The Jewish Nation-state and Human Rights. Taylor & Francis. p. 215. ISBN 9780415464413. Thus the Constitution of Costa Rica, which is considered a model of stable democracy in Latin America, states in Article 75: The Catholic and Apostolic Religion is the religion of the State, which contributes to its maintenance, without preventing the free exercise in the Republic of other forms of worship that are not opposed to universal morality or good customs.
  8. Shadid, W. A. R. (1 January 1995). Religious Freedom and the Position of Islam in Western Europe. Peeters Publishers. p. 11. ISBN 9789039000656. Denmark has declared the Evangelical Lutheran church to be that national church (par. 4 of the Constitution), which corresponds the fact that 91.5% of the population are registered members of this church. This declaration implies that the Danish State does not take a neutral stand in religious matters. Nevertheless, freedom of religion has been incorporated in the Constitution. Nielsen (1992, 77) gives a short description of the position of the minority religious communities in comparison to that of the State Church: The Lutheran established church is a department of the state. Church affairs are government by a central government ministry, and clergy are government employees. The registration of births, deaths and marriages falls under this ministry of church affairs, and normally speaking the local Lutheran pastor is also the official registrar. The other small religious communities, viz. Roman Catholics, Methodists, Baptists and Jews, have the constitutional status of 'recognised communities of faith'. ... Contrary to the minority religious communities, the Lutheran Church is fully financed by the Danish State.
  9. Joppke, Christian (3 May 2013). Veil. John Wiley & Sons. p. 1. ISBN 9780745658575.
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  12. Jiang, Qing (2012). A Confucian Constitutional Order. Princeton University Press. p. 221. ISBN 9780691154602. The features of the state affect the essence of the state, but the key term is that of historical identity, hence this chapter concentrates on historical identity as the essence of the state, though at times some of the other features will also be referred to. For instance, ancient Greece has now become an Orthodox Christian state. Ancient Persia (Iran) has now become a Muslim state, and the ancient Buddhist states of the Silk Route have also become Islamic states.
  13. Hungary's Constitution of 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
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  15. Fox, Jonathan (19 May 2008). A World Survey of Religion and the State. Cambridge University Press. p. 119. ISBN 9781139472593. Liechtenstein's constitution designates the Catholic Church as the state Church and guarantees religious freedom. Article 38 provides protection for the property rights of all religious institutions and states that "the administration of church property in the parishes shall be regulated by a specific law; the agreement of church authorities shall be sought before the law is enacted." Article 16 states that religious instruction in public schools "shall be given by church authorities."
  16. CONSTITUTION DE LA PRINCIPAUTE at the Wayback Machine (archived September 27, 2011) (French): Art. 9., Principaute De Monaco: Ministère d'Etat (archived from the original on 27 September 2011).
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  19. Paul Pavlovich. The History of the Serbian Orthodox Church
  20. Fodor's (12 February 1986). Fodor's South Pacific. Fodor's. ISBN 9780679013075. As King George I of Tonga, Tupou created the "modern" Christian state with the Cross dominating its flag, and with the rigorous constitutional clause regulating observation of the Sabbath.
  21. Temperman, Jeroen (2010). State-Religion Relationships and Human Rights Law. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 18. ISBN 9789004181489. The Constitution of Tuvalu in a similar vein constitutes Tuvalu as "an independent State based on Christian principles...and Tuvaluan custom and tradition"; and also the Constitution of Vanuatu proclaims in its Preamble: "[we] HEREBY proclaim the establishment of the united and free Republic of Vanuatu founded on traditional Melanesian values, faith in God, and Christian principles..."
  22. Temperman, Jeroen (2010). State-Religion Relationships and Human Rights Law. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 18. ISBN 9789004181489. The Catholic State of Vatican City is, of course, the best contemporary example of a Christian state. The State of Vatican City, originally established by the Lateran Pacts of 1929, approximates most faithfully the ideal-typical conception of theocratic Roman Catholic state. The Pope is ex officio simultaneously leader of the Catholic Church as well as Head of State and Head of the Government of the State of the Vatican City; he also possesses (de jure) absolute authority over the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Practically all acts and policies of the Vatican City revolve around the interests of the Holy See and, apart from the members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, virtually all inhabitants of the Vatican City are members of the clergy.
  23. Jenkins, Philip (11 August 2011). The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. Oxford University Press. p. 187. ISBN 9780199911530.
  24. Boer, Roland (8 June 2012). Criticism of Earth: On Marx, Engels and Theology. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 168. ISBN 9789004225589. Yet what is intriguing about this argument is that this modern secular state arises from, or is the simultaneous realisation and negation of, the Christian state.
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