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Dynamics Of Ultramodern Religiosity And New Forms Of Religious Spatiality

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Does it mean the inevitable virtualization of socio-religious links? Is Western Europe entering into a time of "above ground religion"? the author likes to question this hypothesis of a possible de-communalization of Christianity in Europe, in two steps: first, he examines the paradoxical tension between the process of individualization of beliefs, and the recurrent calls for intensive forms of communalization that are developing at the same time; secondly, he considers the no less paradoxical contradiction between a general movement of deterritorialization of religion - that is supposed to be linked to the collapse of natural communities in all ultramodern European societies - and the unexpected ways by which contemporary religiosity inserts itself into new forms of religious spatiality. Catholic authorities are driven to acculturate themselves to a networked sociability, even encouraging the formation of spiritual interest groups currently assuming transnational dimensions.

Keywords: Catholic authorities; religious spatiality; ultramodern religiosity; Western Europe



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