The Challenge of a Church Going into Liquidation

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Abstract

his article engages in the debate on religion in Europe and suggests a way of understanding that takes both discontinuities and continuities within the process of secularization into account. The central thesis is that institutional religion is not simply coming to an end in Western societies; rather, its assets and properties are being redistributed. Dutch Catholicism is presented as an example giving insights into the presence of religion in liquid modernity. The article concludes with a suggestion as to how the Church might respond to a situation where the secular world is taking over ecclesial initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-423
Number of pages15
JournalIrish Theological Quarterly
Volume84
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2019

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Religion
Catholicism
Liquid Modernity
Continuity
Secular World
Secularization
Western Societies
Discontinuity

Keywords

  • Chaplaincy
  • Modernity
  • Netherlands
  • Secularization
  • Theatre
  • The Passion

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The Challenge of a Church Going into Liquidation. / de Groot, Kees.

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