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Europe And The Christendom Narrative: From Singularization To Pluralism

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Talking of transformations of religious discourses between 1700 and 2000 opens up new vistas for the analysis of religious dynamics in Europe. Such an approach may also shed some interesting light on the narrative that is closely related to the theorem of secularizationthe rhetoric of the Christian occident. As discursive formation the process of singularization has led to influential concepts of the individual and to juridical structures that make it impossible to be a member of different religious institutions at the same time. In recent debates, a different approach other than the traditional form of approaching the history of religions in Europe, has been suggested, which engages the history of religions in Europe from the perspective of religious pluralism. Scholars of religion began to focus on the specific dynamics of interreligious dependency as a common denominator of European culture.

Keywords: Christian occident; European culture; religious pluralism; secularization theory; singularization



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