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Religion in Europe in the 21st Century: The Factors to Take into Account*

  • Grace Davie (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 May 2007

This article considers six factors that are currently shaping the religious life of Europe. These are the Judaeo-Christian heritage, the continuing influence of the historic churches, the changing patterns of church-going, new arrivals from outside, secular reactions and the growing significance of religion in the modern world order. Any assessment of the future of religion in Europe must take all of these into account, not least their mutual and necessarily complex interactions.

L'article passe en revue six facteurs qui donnent forme à la vie religieuse européenne d'aujourd'hui: héritage judéo-chrétien, influence persistante des Églises historiques, changement, dans les modèles de la pratique, nouveaux courants liés aux immigrations, effets contrastés de la sécularisation et de la montée en puissance de la religion sur la scène mondiale. Penser le futur du religieux en Europe implique prise en compte de leurs interactions mutuelles et complexes.

Dieser Aufsatz listet die sechs Faktoren auf, die das heutige religiöse Leben in Europa bestimmen: das jüdisch-christliche Erbe, der bestehende Einfluss der historischen Kirchen, die Glaubensausübung, die neuen, aus der Zuwanderung stammenden Einflüsse, die Säkularisation und der zunehmende Einfluss der Religion weltweit. Jegliche Zukunft des Religiösen muss diesen Tatsachen Rechnung tragen.

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