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No, not exactly. The problem (for the Christians) was that the Romans really didn't give a damn who you prayed to, PROVIDED that lip service to deified Roman emperors was part of your repertoire. Their tolerance was predicated on polytheism, and directly clashed with Christian monotheism. (The same was true of Jewish monotheism before that, but that brouhaha made for less of an empire-wide spectacle because Judaism wasn't quite so widely distributed.)
So the next time I get stopped by a policemaqn for speeding, I just say I am just "exercising their religious liberty", and off I go scott free and speeding again. Bet that works.
Actually it was the horrors of WW1 which finally purged the UK and much of Europe of its ties to religion. Wars at the end of the 19thC, such as the conflicts in Sudan against the Mahdiist forces, were still being pitched as quasi-religious conflicts, and in the early stages of WW1 recruiting "For God And Country" was a common recruiting call. After the men returned from the trenches broken and battered by years of mud and mega-death, church attendance started its dramatic decline.As it was for Britain, so it was for Germany.France began its detachment during the Revolution in the 1790s, but swung back and forward as it danced back and forward between kingdom and republic, finally settling down into the strict secular nation it is now in the Third Republic era.Spain during the Fascist era was a state where the church still held sway, and is only evolving into a truly secular nation now.Secularism is really a 20thC development for most European countries. As in the US, right wing parties dally with the churches while left wing parties seek detachment. Europe just happens to be, compared to the US, pretty left wing.
No, he doesn't want to DO the job. He wants to acquire the title.