Let’s do away with the religion/secular divide

In the third and final piece in our series on "Religion, Secularism and Multiple Modernities in Europe", Professor of Secularization Studies, Herman Paul, argues that the religious/secular divide is unhelpful for thinking about the realities of human existence and should be done away with. Odd as it may sound for someone occupying a chair in …

Consolation—A prism for analysing modernity

In the second instalment for our series reflecting on Religion, Secularism and Multiple Modernities in Europe, Christoph Jedan considers what our practices of grief and consolation, considered in historical context, can reveal about the nature of modernity.  My colleagues and I in the department of Christianity and the History of Ideas study consolation, in particular consolation …

How “Modern” are We? Religion, Secularism, and Multiple Modernities in Europe

On 13 June 2014, esteemed sociologist of religion Professor Jose Casanova received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen. During his visit, the Faculty hosted a roundtable discussion on conceptions of religion, secularism and modernity in contemporary European identity, raising questions over exactly what it means …

Multiple Secularities: How Culture Matters in Religious-Secular Relations

Next Tuesday Prof Monika Wohlrab-Sahr will give a seminar in Groningen on her research into the impact of different secularities in various cultural and political contexts. Today she gives Religion Factor readers a sneak preview. There is a tendency in recent literature on secularism, either to highlight the unifying ideological power of “the secular modern” …