The next coronation
Civil religion in the making
in Monarchy, religion and the state
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The concept of civil religion applies an adjective in front of the term 'religion' to recognise that it is a species of a much wider phenomenon. Interestingly, scholars such as Robert Bellah and Wald and Calhoun who have given extended consideration to the idea of civil religion refer to 'nations' as the fundamental units of social and political organisation. This chapter explores the concept of civil religion and utilised it to shed light on the historic rituals of the coronation ceremony. The contemporary statutory basis of the constitutional element of the coronation ceremony is the Coronation Oath Act of 1688 which requires the monarch to swear certain oaths at the coronation. Despite the significant secular elements of the coronation service, most interpreters of the more recent coronations have invested them with extremely deep religious significance.

Monarchy, religion and the state

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


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