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May 2, 2018 / C H Thompson

Postmodernism and religion

  • Davie argues against the secularisation theory as in her view, religion isn’t declining
  • it’s just adapting, taking a different more privatised form in the postmodern world
  • For example church going has declined simply because people no longer feel that they have to go, and attendance is a matter of personal choice – in the past there was an expectation, or certainty, people and their families would attend church on a Sunday
  • We now have believing without belonging, where people are still holding their religious beliefs, just without going to church
  • Therefore the decline of traditional or certainties of religion is matched by the growth of new diverse forms or religious expression



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