(noun) “[A] religion that is considered (officially or unofficially) the state religion” (OpenStax College 2012).
Example: Roman Catholicism in Italy.
Audio Pronunciation: (ec·cle·si·a)
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- Plural: ecclesiae
- Herberg, Will. 1960. Protestant, Catholic, Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology. Garden City, NY: Anchor Books.
OpenStax College. 2012. World Religions. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42897/1.2/).