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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book. The theme of the book is religious praxis; but with a special focus on deinstitutionalized religion. Approaching this theme, the author recalls the well-known story from Gershom Scholem's Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism. It is a story about religious praxis. While this story may stimulate a variety of questions, the special focus of the discussion is on the empirical approach. The texts in the first part of the book thus unfold this thematic focus in a series of detail questions: What are the paradigms, what are the levels - macro, meso, micro - for the study of religion, when it wants to account for secularization? Selected reports of quantitative and qualitative empirical research make up the second part of the book.

Keywords: deinstitutionalized religion; religious praxis



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