State Management of Religion

All nations manage the religions present in their boundaries in one way or another. Some, for example, have very explicit rules about what is required for a group to be considered to be, or be registered as, a religion. Some nations recognise only a short list of religions. For example, China, Russia, and many Islamic nations are very selective in the religions recognised and the degree of recognition given. Most nations have a formal or informal preference for one religion and often a specific form of that religion—for example, not just Christian, but Catholic or Orthodox or Anglican.

Although Russia is officially secular and until recently postrevolutionary Russia was vigorously secular and anti-religious, the Russian Orthodox Church receives state preference, funding, and privilege and in turn ...

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