The Transformation of the Christian Churches in Western Europe (1945-2000) / La transformation des églises chrétiennes en Europe occidentale

Leo Kenis (Editor), Jaak Billiet (Editor), Patrick Pasture (Editor),

Series: KADOC-Studies on Religion, Culture and Society 6

Category: History, History 1800-present, Religion

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058676658

Publication date: January 31, 2010

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Number of pages: 352

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Series: KADOC-Studies on Religion, Culture and Society 6

Category: History, History 1800-present, Religion

Language: English

DOI: 10.11116/9789461661081

ISBN: 9789461661081

Publication date: January 31, 2010

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Number of pages: 352

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Research continues to show that the Christian religion is gradually disappearing from the public, cultural and social spheres in Western Europe. Even on the individual level, institutionalised religion is becoming increasingly marginalised. Some scholars, however, speak of a repositioning of the Christian churches in post-modern Europe, citing new forms of religious life and community. This book focuses on the complex mutations the Christian churches in Western Europe have experienced since World War II. The authors offer a comparative exploration of the situations in several countries and describe the evolution (including the specific growth and decline) of the various Christian denominations.


The Transformation of Christian Churches in Western Europe

An Introduction 7

Patrick Pasture (K.U.Leuven) & Leo Kenis (K.U.Leuven)



The Present Crisis in Historical Context 23

Hugh McLeod (University of Birmingham)

Feu la “nouvelle chrétienté” 39

Étienne Fouilloux (Université Lyon 2)

Restoration and Erosion of Pillarised Catholicism in Western Europe 55

Wilhelm Damberg (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) & Patrick Pasture (K.U.Leuven)

Left Catholicism in Western Europe 77

A Brief Survey

Gerd-Rainer Horn (University of Warwick)

Opening Windows or Opening Doors? Catholic Intellectuals as the

Bearers of Secularisation in the Netherlands, 1945-1970 96

Lodewijk Winkeler (KDC, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)

Late 20th-Century Trends in Catholic Religiousness

Belgium Compared with Western and Central European Nations 113

Karel Dobbelaere (K.U.Leuven) & Jaak Billiet (K.U.Leuven)

Contemporary Syncretism in Europe 146

Liliane Voyé (Université Catholique de Louvain)

The American Exception?

Secularisation and Religion in the United States, 1945-2000 161

Jon Butler (Yale University)



Fundamental Changes in the Social Ethic of the Christian Churches 175

Johan Verstraeten (K.U.Leuven)

The Affirmation of Women’s Religious Leadership: a “Modern” Issue? 194

Anne-Marie Korte (Universiteit van Tilburg)

God has no Favourites

Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue: the Unity of God’s Creation 207

Anton Houtepen (Universiteit Utrecht)

Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue 221

Hans Ucko (World Council of Churches, Geneva)

Christian Churches as Social Capital. An Empirical Study of the Relationship

between Church Commitment, Religious Pluralism and Tolerance,

and the Attitude towards Immigrants in Eleven European Countries 236

Jaak Billiet (K.U.Leuven), Karel Dobbelaere (K.U.Leuven) &Bart Cambré (K.U.Leuven; Universiteit van Tilburg)



La réception du Concile Vatican II dans la Curie romaine 255

Philippe Chenaux (Université du Latran, Rome)

Collégialité et primauté dans l’application de Vatican II 267

Jan Grootaers (K.U.Leuven)

Réception et conséquences de Vatican II. Un point de vue protestant 281

André Birmelé (Faculté de théologie protestante de Strasbourg)

Reception and Implementation of the Second Vatican Council

Religious Institutes 296

Joachim Schmiedl (Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule, Vallendar)

Bibliography 312

Colophon 352

Leo Kenis

Leo Kenis is emeritus professor of church history and the history of theology at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven. His research focuses on the modern and contemporary history of Catholic theology.

Jaak Billiet

Jaak Billiet is PhD in Social Sciences and Emeritus Professor at KU Leuven. His research focuses on pillarization and statistical methods. He is member of the central coordination team of the European Social Survey.

Patrick Pasture

Patrick Pasture is Professor of History and Director of the Centre for European Studies at KU Leuven.

We hebben hier te maken met een boek dat zijn publicatie waard is.
Georges De Schrijver, Streven, jaargang 77, nr 7, juli-augustus 2010

Nouvelle Revue Théologique ( Tome 133/3 (année 2011)

Cet ouvrage pourrait bien devenir, du fait de la richesse et de la diversité de ses contributions, une lecture incontournable pour qui étudie l'actualité de la sécularisation dans les sociétés européennes.
Emir Mahieddin, Archives de sciences sociales des religions, n° 152, octobre-décembre 2010

This volume as a whole is a good contribution of European scholars to our understanding of current developments and problems of the Christian religion.
Richard F. Costigan, S.J., St. Louis University, Journal of Church History, volume 81/1 - March 2012

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