Religious education as a counter-secularization strategy in contemporary Romania

JVF Conference Papers

The thesis of this paper is that in spite of the disappearance of the communist regime and its secular policy of implementing an atheistic worldview, the Romanian post-socialism brought forth not a religious revival, as some sociologists have claimed, but a new logic of secularization. This logic of secularization manifests itself especially among the young generations that were socialized within the new post-socialist life-world and takes the shape of three very distinct processes: de-Christianization of the religious world-view, de-institutionalization of religious experience, and most of all de-moralization of the practical sphere of life.

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