Religion / Transit

Hobbesian Catholicism on the Rise in Poland?

The state church might have been a rational choice in England torn by religious wars of sixteenth century, but in twenty-first century Europe it is a dangerous vision for the Church, which risks losing its spiritual authority. Although a schism seems to be very unlikely, a further confessionalization of Polish state is quite probable. The question now is whether Catholic hierarchs in Poland will reject such a dangerous vision, and the lure of symbolic and financial gain, in favor of what is right for society and the Church.
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The Theology Blind Spot

The political and theoretical debate on religion and secularism is afflicted by a theology blind spot. The topic of religion has returned forcefully into the social sciences and into political theory as one of its sub-disciplines, but theology has been excluded from this surge. It is quite understandable that theology as a discipline has not become a part of the academic “return to religion.” Theology, after all, had nothing to return to, since it has always been there.
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Being Normal in Poland

Photo: Tatiana Zhurzhenko 2010

What makes the bond between Polishness and Catholicism an expected norm, and how does this lead to the symbolic exclusion of non-ethnic Poles and non-Catholics from the national community? In her study of a multi-religious and multi-ethnic community in rural Poland, Agnieszka Pasieka argues that there are multiple ways in which local people challenge the “Pole-Catholic” norm, demonstrating the arbitrariness of the “taken-for-granted” and their own ways of “being a Pole”.
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Säkular oder Postsäkular? Zur Divergenz der Perspektiven von Jürgen Habermas und Charles Taylor

Die Religion ist in aller Munde. Entweder wird ihre „Wiederkehr“ gefeiert oder aber die „Abkehr“ von ihr ausgerufen – wobei beide Diagnosen zwischen Jubel und Warnung, zwischen Verzweiflung und Befreiung changieren. Diese Unentschiedenheit ist nicht nur eine Frage der jeweiligen „religiösen Musikalität“, sondern ganz ebenso eine Frage des jeweiligen Verständnisses von dem, was moderne Gesellschaft …
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Welche politische Philosophie für die postsäkulare Gesellschaft?
Bestandsaufnahme eines practice turn

Innerhalb der gegenwärtigen sozial- und politikwissenschaftlichen und normativ-philosophischen Diskussion ist Religion zu einem zentralen Thema aufgestiegen. Nicht nur das Verhältnis von Religion und Politik steht zur Debatte, sondern auch die Bedeutung des Säkularismus und sein Stellenwert für die liberale Gesellschaftstheorie und für das Selbstverständnis der politischen Philosophie. Europa steht vor der Herausforderung eines kulturellen und …
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Religion Today

What is the place of religion in today’s society? People vigorously debate the question, whether religion is “retreating”. or “returning”. But two impressions seeem to have gained wide currency: (1) that our North Atlantic world is and will continue to be more secular and neutral in its public life, that is, that the public sphere …
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