Monarchy and religion in Canada, Australia and the Commonwealth
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This chapter considers the appropriateness of an emergent 'civil religion' evident in the ceremonial of the Commonwealth as a possible model for collective secular or religious events for all the realms to mark the commencement a new reign. It demonstrates the diversity of religious identity and affiliation among the realms. The realms collectively constitute a population of subjects of the monarch that are predominantly Christian of unknown degrees of commitment but with a substantial minority with other religions, no recorded religion or no religion. The two largest Christian denominations, Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism, each have the attachment of about one-fifth of the combined population, but the Anglican support is heavily concentrated in the UK and Roman Catholicism is heavily concentrated in Canada and Australia. Multiculturalism had a more convincing appeal to the population of Canada since it was obviously more of a diverse immigrant society than the UK.

Monarchy, religion and the state

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

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