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The Impact of Values$
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Jan W. Van Deth and Elinor Scarbrough

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294751.001.0001

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Secularization and Church Religiosity

Secularization and Church Religiosity

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The Impact of Values

Wolfgang Jagodzinski

Karel Dobbelaere

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates statistical evidence regarding the fall‐off in church membership and attendance, which has taken place across Western Europe since World War II, and analyses variations between countries. It tentatively concludes that the pace of the process of church disengagement is linked to rationalization of society and the advance of Protestantism, which has led to a relegation of religion as an à la carte set of options, weakening its traditional guidelines on political questions. With religiously inspired deference fading away, political leaders may have more difficulty mustering support for the institutions of government.

Keywords:   church‐going, deference, Protestantism, religion, religiosity, secularization, Western Europe

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