The book dedicates itself to the right of autonomy of the churches and religious communities in Europe and the USA. This right of self-determination is embedded in many different, very complex relationships between the state and religious communities. It touches conceptions of freedom of religion and its limits based on different cultures and political settings. Numerous leading experts of the law on religion in Europe and the USA analyze the right of autonomy of the churches and religious communities. They thus offer profound information and many ideas to a better mutual understanding.