Journal Article

The Decline of Traditional Christian Beliefs in Germany

Jack D. Shand

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 59, issue 2, pages 179-184
Published in print January 1998 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 1998 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
The Decline of Traditional Christian Beliefs in Germany

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This is a report of two national surveys carried out in Germany, one in 1967, the other in 1992, showing the extent of change in religions beliefs and attitudes over a twenty-five year period in both East and West Germany and among Catholics and Protestants. It was revealed that there was a considerable decline in traditional Christian beliefs—especially regarding Christ as the son of God, the infallibility of the Pope, the Virgin Birth, supernatural miracles, belief in the Bible as the Word of God—and in regular church attendance. Greater support was expressed for the wedding of divorced persons, abolition of celibacy, and the permission of priests to marry.

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