Public Religions in the Modern World

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 1994 - Political Science - 320 pages
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In a sweeping reconsideration of the relation between religion and modernity, Jose Casanova surveys the roles that religions may play in the public sphere of modern societies.

During the 1980s, religious traditions around the world, from Islamic fundamentalism to Catholic liberation theology, began making their way, often forcefully, out of the private sphere and into public life, causing the "deprivatization" of religion in contemporary life. No longer content merely to administer pastoral care to individual souls, religious institutions are challenging dominant political and social forces, raising questions about the claims of entities such as nations and markets to be "value neutral", and straining the traditional connections of private and public morality.

Casanova looks at five cases from two religious traditions (Catholicism and Protestantism) in four countries (Spain, Poland, Brazil, and the United States). These cases challenge postwar—and indeed post-Enlightenment—assumptions about the role of modernity and secularization in religious movements throughout the world.

This book expands our understanding of the increasingly significant role religion plays in the ongoing construction of the modern world.
  

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Had to read the first 2 and the final chapter a number of times, I must admit, before I got it. But then... OK! The first parts of the argument are simple: Secularization theory is really 3 different ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
ix
Introduction
1
Secularization Enlightenment and Modern Religion
11
Private and Public Religions
40
Five Case Studies Analytical Introduction
67
Spain From State Church to Disestablishment
75
Poland From Church of the Nation to Civil Society
92
Brazil From Oligarchic Church to Peoples Church
114
Evangelical Protestantism From Civil Religion to Fundamentalist Sect to New Christian Right
135
Catholicism in the United States From Private to Public Denomination
167
Conclusion
209
The Deprivatization of Modern Religion
211
Notes
235
Index
303
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