The Center for Religion and Modernity (CRM) is an interdisciplinary research network at the University of Münster. It is dedicated to the study of religions, religious communities and actors, and their changing roles in modern and modernizing societies. The CRM is home to research that deals with religious phenomena and how they change in the modern period, as well as with historical developments that can illuminate the role of religion in modernity and thus contribute to our understanding of religion today.

The CRM’s aim is to build on the interdisciplinary research on religion initiated by the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics in Pre-Modern and Modern Cultures”, and to consolidate this research at the University of Münster in the field of modernity. To this end, the CRM has brought together around 30 researchers from a range of disciplines, including political science and sociology, history and law, Catholic, Protestant and Islamic theology, religious and Islamic studies, Arabic and Jewish studies, communication studies, and literary studies. An Executive Board elected by the General Assembly every two years coordinates the work of the CRM, and is supported in this by the academic management. more...



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Extension projekt: 'The Transmission of Religion Across Generations'

The John Templeton Foundation has extended the funding of the international research project "The Transmission of Religion Across Generations" by the Münster based sociologists of religion Christel Gärtner and Olaf Müller for another two years. Until June 2024, the five country teams will mainly focus on the cross-country comparative analyses and combine the qualitative and quantitative analyses ("mixed methods").

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Short report on the Interim Conference: "The transmission of religion across generations: a comparative international study of continuities and discontinuities in family socialisation"

in Münster from 9-11 June 2022

In June, more than 30 researchers from nine countries met in the premises of the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" at the University of Münster. Together they discussed interim results of the research project on the transmission of religion in families over the course of generations, which was carried out in Germany, Finland, Italy, Canada and Hungary. more...

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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...


Digital lecture: "Sexualized violence in churches"

On May 2, 2022, the Center for Religion and Modernity (CRM) held a digital lecture and discussion event on the subject of "Sexualized violence in churches". Prof. Dr. Thomas Großbölting and Prof. Dr. Klaus Große Kracht, who investigated the cases of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Münster, informed the members of the CRM in compact form about their approach and the structural results of their study. Afterwards, methodical questions in particular were lively discussed. more...

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"Generations Project": Short report on the project meeting in Málaga (Spain)

from 31.3.-3.4.2022.

The researchers of the project "The transmission of religion across generations: a comparative international study of continuities and discontinuities in family socialization", directed by Prof. Christel Gärtner and funded by the John Templeton Foundation, met from March 31 to April 4 in Fuengirola near Málaga to exchange the results of the analyses of their data. more...