At the same time, owing to the depth of intellectual resources at his disposal, these works constitute a major contribution to the broader discussion of the relation between the religious and political spheres.
In the Indian way of life religion plays an important role and the basis of our day-to-day life is religion.
In such cases, there is no herd tendency and the person is liberal in outlook.
If religious forces are allowed to become powerful there will be disintegration of the nation and sovereignty of the State will be in danger.
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Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section above, this material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. 5 4 3 2 1 Frontispiece: Portrait of Christian Thomasius by Johann Christian Heinrich Sporleder (1754), oil. Christian Thomasius’s principal contributions to the public life of early modern Protestant Germany were made in his roles as a political jurist and engaged commentator on religious and political affairs, although he was also a noted educational reformer and moral philosopher.
In mandating limited religious toleration within the German states, the provisions of the Peace of Westphalia (1648) also provided the rulers of Brandenburg-Prussia with a way of keeping the powerful Lutheran church in check by guaranteeing a degree of religious freedom to non-Lutherans and thereby detaching the state from the most powerful territorial church.
Thomasius’s writings on church-state relations, many of them critical of the civil claims made by Lutheran theologians, are a direct response to this state of affairs.
Religion encourages fanaticism and suspends our reasoning power and we repose full faith in leaders.
We are prepared to make sacrifice because sacrifice will be considered martyrdom.