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In five pages this paper answers various questions pertaining to the language, religion, and politics of Spain, with contrasts and comparisons to the United States also included. Five sources are listed in the bibliography.
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people are an eclectic blend of various regions and a unifying Spanish nationalism. From an absolute monarchy to a parliamentary monarchy, from Catholicism as a representation of power to
an example of free religious expression, Spain has been able to evolve and maintain pace with ever-changing times. Like the United States, the historical journey of Spain is a
unique reflection of the country and its people. Despite a few detours along the way, this journey has led to a country that successfully unites the past with the
present, monarchy with, devout religion with religious tolerance, and regional languages into a single Spanish identity. What are the importance of religion and language in defining the culture of Spain?
In Spain, religion and language have always gone hand in hand. Latin is the origin of all the Romance languages including Spanish (or Castilian), the countrys national language,
and the minor languages of Gallego and Catalan (spoken in Galicia and Catalonia) are also Latin derivatives (Freeman, 2001). Latin is the official language of the Roman Catholic Church,
which is not only the dominant religion of Spain (with close to 95 percent of its citizens baptized as Catholic), but has also exerted a profound influence upon paste and
present Spanish culture. Author Peter Pierson (1999) noted in his text The History of Spain, "The presence of the Catholic Church still permeates Spanish life" (p. 15). Even
though there is freedom of religion in Spain and minority religions do flourish, it is Catholicism that dominates Spanish culture and customs (Freeman, 2001). The most revered works of
art, architecture, and religion are rooted in Catholicism with churches, shrines, and museums markedly Catholic in emphasis (Freeman, 2001). The most cherished events in Spanish history focus upon vigorous