Parliamentary devolution, church establishment and new state religion in the UK
in Monarchy, religion and the state
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This chapter examines the continuing traditional and official religious dimensions of the UK monarchy and Parliament and contrasts them with the newer forms of relationships with religion and belief that have emerged in the devolved UK legislature. It assesses what the relevant continuities and changes reveal about the perennial tensions between the religious and parliamentary spheres and contemporary pressures for new alignments between religion and state in the UK. In approaching these questions, there is value in utilising perspectives from the literature and debates on civil religion, ritual and power deriving from the classic work of Durkheim and related scholarship of writers such as Robert Bellah and Steven Lukes. The evolution of relationships between Christian denominations, other religions and the National Assembly of Wales which supervises the Welsh Assembly Government has followed an uncertain path, reflecting contemporary dilemmas of ordering the relationship between the spheres of government and religion.

Monarchy, religion and the state

Civil religion in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the Commonwealth



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