Religion and Law as the Social Governance Pattern -- Based on the Diachronism of Christianity and Law

Qixiu QIN


Although religion and law are two different patterns of social governance, the philosophy and value they pursue as well as their manifestation have some common attributes and relationships. In the west, although the management power of religious groups have on themselves and the influence of religious spirit on the society belong to the scope of social power, a certain kind of "selective affinity" exists between sociology of religion and sociology of law, which is indispensable for the interpretation of the uniqueness of Western society. While as a belief, the freedom of religion is the soul of religion as well as a human right, which is the same as the freedom of thought. Although religion has a positive impact on the maintenance of social order to a certain extent, the negative impact produced by the social power exercised by religious activities on the society determines that legal restrictions must be placed on religion.

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