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New publication: The many faces of religion

'Die vielen Gesichter der Religion'

How did the Lutheran clergy in the royal capital of Berlin in the 18th century – an era of secularization and the emergence of bourgeois culture – move between church congregation and political authorities? Based on a wide array of sources, Florian Grumbach explores in “Predigt, Publikum and Seelenheil” (‘Sermon, audience, and salvation’), the 23rd book in the series “Religion und Moderne”, the pastoral practice and daily work of the clergy such as their sermons or publishing activities. more...

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New publication: Religion in der Moderne [‘Religion in modernity’]

Are religion and modernity compatible, does modernisation lead to secularisation? Can religion itself be an agent of modernisation? Based on the examples of several countries – among them Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, the United States, South Korea, and Brazil – Detlef Pollack and Gergely Rosta analyse the relationship between modernisation and religious transformation in the 20th and 21st century. more...

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New publication: The many faces of religion [‘Die vielen Gesichter der Religion’]

Around the turn of the century, scholars of religion declared a ‘return of religion’ in modern society. Nowadays, the secularization theory – considered obsolete by many during the last few decades – has found a renewed interest. In view of recent scandals in churches and religious communities, a societal decline of religion appears again conceivable to observers. In the newest German publication of the Center for Religion and Modernity, “Die vielen Gesichter der Religion” (Engl. ‘The many faces of religion’), Karl Gabriel shows the global multitude of religious phenomena beyond the secularization theory: From religion in politics to public debates on identity and recognition, to individual religiosity as an expression of authentic self-assurance. more...