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The deprivatised religion


Addressing religious affiliation as the choice of the individual fits into a present day that puts personal responsibility, autonomy and freedom of choice in the foreground. In the case of religion in particular, however, it is a phenomenon that persistently eludes individual choice. Augustine stated that one can only believe what is believable. What is credible, however, emerges from a network of historically and discursively formed self-evident facts, far removed from any individual decision.

Michael Dellwing deals with the vitality of religion and with the phenomena to be explained by the sociology of religion (conversion, religious participation and the public influence of religion). It depicts the penetration of the sociology of religion by the paradigm of individual choice and shows how the idea of ​​a communal religion necessarily continues to resonate in it, in order to ultimately provide a way of looking at religion beyond personal choice.


Credendum Private religion Sociology of religion Sociology Elective paradigm Public religion

About the authors

Michael Dellwing studied and is currently doing his doctorate with Prof. Dr. Heinz Bude at the Chair of Macrosociology at the University of Kassel. He works as a lecturer at the University of Kassel.

Bibliographic information

  • Book TitleDepivatised Religion
  • Book Subtitle Religion Beyond Choice?
  • Authors Michael Dellwing
  • DOIhttps: //
  • Copyright InformationDeutscher Universitäts-Verlag | GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Wiesbaden 2007
  • Publisher NameDUV
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Science (German Language)
  • Softcover ISBN978-3-8350-6067-8
  • eBook ISBN978-3-8350-9160-3
  • Edition Number1
  • Number of PagesX, 189
  • Number of Illustrations0 b / w illustrations, 0 illustrations in color
  • Topics Sociology, general
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