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The Quest For Religious Purity In New Age, Evangelicalism And Islam Religious Renditions Of Dutch Youth And The Luckmann Legacy

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This chapter provides insight into religion's changing character in the contemporary West. It discusses contemporary religious discourses and practices among youngsters in the Netherlands, where the Christian churches have lost even more of their former appeal and legitimacy than almost anywhere else in the Western world. The chapter addresses New Age spirituality, Evangelicalism and Islam, the three most popular, vital and visible strains of religion among contemporary Dutch youth. From a theoretical point of view, the common features New Age, Evangelicalism, and Islam attain in the hands of contemporary Dutch youngsters highlight some major weaknesses in Thomas Luckmann's classical account of modern religion as radically privatized. A major assumption of Luckmann's The Invisible Religion is that contemporary religion lacks social organization. Another claim that undergirds Luckmann's privatization thesis is that modern religion remains firmly embedded in the private domain, and hence lacks social and public significance.

Keywords: contemporary religion; Dutch youth; Evangelicalism; Islam religious renditions; New Age spirituality; religious purity; Thomas Luckmann

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