The Political Theology of European Integration: Comparing the Influence of Religious Histories on European Policies

This book traces the connections between diverging postwar European integration policies and intra-Christian divisions to argue that supranational integration originates from Roman Catholic internationalism, and that resistance to integration, conversely, is based in Protestantism. Royce supports th...

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Main Author: Royce, Mark R.
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cham Palgrave Macmillan 2017
Series/Journal:Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy
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Further subjects:B Political Science and International Relations
B Religion and sociology
B Political science
B European Union
B Regionalism
B World politics
B Europe Politics and government
Online Access: Volltext (lizenzpflichtig)
Parallel Edition:Druckausg.: 978-3-319-53446-6
Printed edition: 9783319534466
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Summary:This book traces the connections between diverging postwar European integration policies and intra-Christian divisions to argue that supranational integration originates from Roman Catholic internationalism, and that resistance to integration, conversely, is based in Protestantism. Royce supports this thesis through a rigorously supported historical narrative, arguing that sixteenth-century theological conflicts generated seventeenth-century constitutional solutions, which ultimately effected the political choices both for and against integration during the twentieth century. Beginning with a survey of all ecclesiastical laws of seventeen West European countries and concluding with a full discussion of the Brexit vote and emerging alternatives to the EU, this examination of the political theology surrounding the European Union will appeal to all scholars of EU politics, modern theology, religious sociology, and contemporary European history
1. From Cross to Constitution -- 2. God and Man in Europe -- 3. A Theologico-Political Analysis -- 4. Theology and Integration -- 5. The Christian Confederalism of Switzerland -- 6. The Lutheran Intergovernmentalism of Norway -- 7. The Protestant Supranationalism of Britain -- 8. The Christian Federalism of Germany -- 9. Conclusion
ISBN:3319534475
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-53447-3