Kanisa la kitaifa

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Parokia ya Kanisa la Denmark huko Holte, ikiwa na bendera ya nchi ikipeperushwa uwanjani.

Kanisa la kitaifa ni Kanisa la Kikristo linaloambatana na kabila au taifa fulani kiasi cha kuwa sehemu muhimu ya utamaduni wake. La kwanza lilikuwa Kanisa la Kitume la Armenia.

Suala hilo lilijadiliwa hasa katika karne ya 19, wakati utaifa ulipostawi.

Pamoja na hayo, aina hiyo ya Ukristo inadumu hai hasa Uingereza na Skandinavia[1], pengine kama dini rasmi ambayo nchi inaipa haki za pekee katika sheria zake[2][3][4]

Hoja dhidi yake[hariri | hariri chanzo]

Karl Barth alisema ni uzushi "kumtaifisha" Mungu wa Ukristo, hasa pale ambapo Kanisa la kitaifa linahimiza au kubariki vita dhidi ya mataifa mengine ya Kikristo, ilivyotokea katika Vita vya kwanza vya dunia.[5]

Tanbihi[hariri | hariri chanzo]

  1. Dag Thorkildsen, "Scandinavia: Lutheranism and national identity" in World Christianities, c. 1815-1914, vol. 8 of The Cambridge history of Christianity, eds. Sheridan Gilley, Brian Stanley, Cambridge University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-521-81456-0, pp. 342–358.
  2. Shadid, W. A. R. (1 January 1995). Religious Freedom and the Position of Islam in Western Europe. Peeters Publishers, 11. ISBN 9789039000656. “Denmark has declared the Evangelical Lutheran church to be that national church (par. 4 of the Constitution), which corresponds the fact that 91.5% of the population are registered members of this church. This declaration implies that the Danish State does not take a neutral stand in religious matters. Nevertheless, freedom of religion has been incorporated in the Constitution. Nielsen (1992, 77) gives a short description of the position of the minority religious communities in comparison to that of the State Church: The Lutheran established church is a department of the state. Church affairs are government by a central government ministry, and clergy are government employees. The registration of births, deaths and marriages falls under this ministry of church affairs, and normally speaking the local Lutheran pastor is also the official registrar. The other small religious communities, viz. Roman Catholics, Methodists, Baptists and Jews, have the constitutional status of 'recognised communities of faith'. ... Contrary to the minority religious communities, the Lutheran Church is fully financed by the Danish State.” 
  3. (2 August 2004) Church and State in Contemporary Europe. Routledge, 228. ISBN 9781135761417. “Both as a state church and as a national church, the Orthodox Church of Greece has a lot in common with Protestant state churches, and even with Catholicism in some countries.” 
  4. (1 January 2005) Encyclopedia of Protestantism. Infobase Publishing, 283. ISBN 9780816069835. “When Iceland obtained home rule in 1874, the new constitution, while granting religious freedom, maintained the Evangelical Lutheran Church as "a national church . . . supported by the State." This was reaffirmed in the 1944 constitution of the new independent Republic of Iceland. Democratic reforms were adopted early in the 20th century that allowed for some independent decision making in parish councils, and let congregations choose their own pastors. Under a 1998 law, the church became largely autonomous, though it is still designated established church, supported by government taxes. At the end of the 19th century, Lutherans who wanted freedom from the state church founded the Evangelical Free Church of Iceland, which now has in excess of 7,000 members. The majority of Icelanders are members of the state church. Almost all children are baptized as Lutheran and more than 90 percent are subsequently confirmed. The Church conducts 75 percent of all marriages and 99 percent of all funerals.” 
  5. Barth, Ethnics, ed. Braun, transl. Bromiley, New York, 1981, p. 305.

Marejeo[hariri | hariri chanzo]

  • William Reed Huntington, A national church, Bedell lectures, Scribner's, 1897.
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