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The Ambivalence Of Adaptation And The Ongoing Strength Of Religion

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The main overall theme of the NOSTER-Leuven research programme has been the question of the character and usefullness of adaptation of religion to changes in society. This question has been approached from various angles leading to a variety of answers, observations and assumptions. In this chapter, the author scanned the papers for trends and tendencies and summarises the results in the following three statements: (1) Orthodoxy is not to be seen as the authentic original form of a given religion, but as an idealised original form that should be seen as a construction in reaction to changes in time. (2) Over the ages, liberalism - despite its laudable strife for adaptation - has been less successful than generally assumed. (3) Of great importance for the survival of religion seems to be a clear definition of the boundaries of religiously informed practices and ethics.

Keywords: adaptation; liberalism; NOSTER-Leuven research programme; orthodoxy; religion



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