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May 2, 2018 / C H Thompson

Post modernity: spiritual shopping

  • Hervieu-Leger argues that there has been a dramatic decline of institutional religion
  • This is partly because of what she calls ‘cultural amnesia’, or a loss of collective memory
  • Children have been taught for centuries about religion in both extended family and parish church
  • However now we have largely lost the religion that used to be handed down as few parents teach about religion
  • Parents now tend to let their children decide for themselves what to believe
  • she agrees that religion itself hasn’t disappeared
  • instead she argues individual consumerism has replaced collective tradition
  • People now feel that they have a choice as the consumers of religion -> they have become spiritual shoppers



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