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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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IX.

THE STATE AND RELIGION.

(53) The Lutheran Church.

We have stated, in speaking of class
privileges, that tliose established in 1723, and still
in force, secure to tlie Lutheran Church the
protection of the State, and to the clergy the
enjoyment of the economical advantages
recognised by pre-existent laws.

What particularly characterises the
preponderant position of the Lutheran Church is, that
its parishes are usually territorial parishes
coinciding with the communes ; a few towns and
districts in the provinces of Viborg and
Kuopio being the only exceptions. The tithes
that every landowner in the rural parishes

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