Secularization and Church Religiosity

Wolfgang Jagodzinski and Karel Dobbelaere

in The Impact of Values

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294757
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599040 | DOI:

Series: Beliefs in Government

Secularization and Church Religiosity

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This chapter investigates statistical evidence regarding the fall‐off in church membership and attendance, which has taken place across Western Europe since World War II, and analyses variations between countries. It tentatively concludes that the pace of the process of church disengagement is linked to rationalization of society and the advance of Protestantism, which has led to a relegation of religion as an à la carte set of options, weakening its traditional guidelines on political questions. With religiously inspired deference fading away, political leaders may have more difficulty mustering support for the institutions of government.

Keywords: church‐going; deference; Protestantism; religion; religiosity; secularization; Western Europe

Chapter.  14542 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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