Cookies Policy
Cookie Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Religion in Modern Society

MyBook is a cheap paperback edition of the original book and will be sold at uniform, low price.

Buy this article

$30.00+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites

image of Journal of Empirical Theology

The sociologist, Peter Berger, divided the possibilities for religious affirmation in a modem society into three categories: a deductive, an inductive and a reductive approach. The question in the present research is whether these three categories can be empirically validated and arranged in a continuum. To test this hypothesis, the categories were ordered according to the degree of 'actualization': the degree to which a religious tradition could be reformulated. In order to do this, Berger's classification was extended to include a fourth category, which we called 'detachment'. This extended typology was then tested and the classification proved to have both internal and external validity. The typology could also be empirically characterised by a single dimension. Using the Berger-based typology proposed here, it is possible to distinguish different positions in relation to the Christian tradition. The proposed typology may also allow us to further understand the dynamics of religious beliefs in changing times.

Affiliations: 1: Department at the University of Nijmegen


Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Create email alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Journal of Empirical Theology — Recommend this title to your library

    Thank you

    Your recommendation has been sent to your librarian.

  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation