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This collection brings together a group of highly respected law and religion scholars to explore the funding of religious heritage in the context of state support for religions. The importance of this state support is that on the one hand it illustrates the potential tensions between secular and religious values, whilst on the other it constitutes a relevant tool for investigating the question of the legitimacy of such financial support. The funding logically varies according to the national system of state-religion relationships and this is reflected in the range of countries studied, including: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The book provides clarity in the assignment of funds to religious heritage, as well as seeking to define the limit of what relates to the exercise of worship and what belongs to cultural policy. It is clear that the main challenge for the future lies not only in managing the dual purpose of religious monuments, but also in re-using these buildings which have lost their original purpose. This collection will appeal to those interested in cultural heritage management, as well as law and religion scholars. The views expressed during the execution of the RELIGARE project, in whatever form and or by whatever medium, are the sole responsibility of the authors. The European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
’This book provides a detailed and comprehensive answer to the question of State funding of religious buildings, exploring how to preserve a fundamental component of the European common heritage without falling in the trap of indirectly financing majority religions. It goes well beyond legal technicalities, offering a fascinating discussion of the relationship between culture and religion.’ Silvio Ferrari, University of Milan, Italy ’This work addresses the issue of religious heritage from the original approach of the principle, terms and conditions of its financing in a dual theoretical and practical dimension. It brings together many experts from law, economics and sociology of religion and contributes to an ever stimulating international comparative perspective.’ Marie Cornu, Director of Research, CNRS (CECOJI), France