RELIGION IN TRANSITION. Experiences of past, challenges of today, reconfigurations for tomorrow

May 10, 2021 - May 11, 2021
Faculty of Theology, “Ovidius” University of Constanța (Romania)

Senate Hall
Aleea Universittății, no. 1
Constanţa 900470

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Transition of society from modernism to postmodernism, from different ideological and social policies to new ones, placed religion in a dynamic of significance, adaptation, position in relation with secular condition of the world. Some sociologists and theologians have stated few theses that advanced, starting with the 20th century, the minimization of the position of religion in the configuration of social space: demystifying the world through rationalization, stadial consciousness theory, declining religious authority, the theory of religion disappearance. All this indicated a negative prognosis for the future of religion. Despite the reality of secularization and its effects on religion, P. Berger observed at the beginning of the 21st century a completely unexpected metamorphosis and contrary to the pessimism of the persistence of religion in society, which leads him to enunciate a new reality: desecularization of the world. The conference intends to analyze these new trends of relation between religion and society, religion and secularization, religion and culture, religion and philosophy and also the new conditions that derives from them.


  • Religion, secularization, society: trends and theories;

  • Valences of secularism as a political philosophy;

  • Revitalization of religion in forms of secular spirituality;

  • Social transition: political, religious and philosophical perspectives;

  • Christianity in Eastern and Western Europe after the experience of communism;

  • Religion in and after pandemic crises;

  • State and Church: two antagonistic realities?

  • Fundamentalism as a reaction to secularization;

  • Religious freedom and tolerance in the globalized society.

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