Wuhan Journal of Cultic Studies
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Volume 2: Issue 1, 2022
Public Religion in Central and Eastern Europe: Towards an Investigation of José Casanova’s theory
University of Szeged
This article addresses the significant development of secularization theory as it emerged from the collaboration of José Casanova and Charles Taylor. In Casanova’s approach, he attempts to maintain the conclusions of sociological and religious studies interpretations of contemporary social processes, based on the original secularization theory; at the same time, his deconstruction of the original theory and the further development of its elements offer an interpretative framework that is particularly suited for the examination of public religious dimensions of the East Central European societies following the political system change around 1990. First, I will review Casanova’s main theses on secularization and public religion in order to facilitate the argument following it, in which I will examine the role religion plays in different East Central European democracies in relation to the state, party politics and civil society.
José Casanova; Charles Taylor; secularization; sociology of religion; democracy; public religion