Silvio Ferrari

Law, Religion and Public Space

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Keywords: Law, Religion, Public Space, Secular State.

The article first describes the religious landscape of contemporary Europe, characterized by an increasing diversity and visibility of religions in the public space. It presents the strategies adopted to manage these transformations and the tension between "rights of man" and "rights of God". In the last part, it attempts to reconfigure the public space, as to reasonably accommodate both of them. The analysis is framed in legal and political terms, but it moves from a historical and sociological starting point: the Church-State models based on strict separation between state and religion, and the model characterized by the legal predominance of the majority religion(s) are outdated. The "inclusive" impartiality of public institutions is an attempt to deal with these historical and social transformations in an innovative way.

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