Debunking Secular Europe?

secularThis issue of Vista returns to the recurring themes of secularisation, secularity and secularism. Taking different approaches and starting points, our authors ask what it means to be secular in Europe today, how societies can be both secular and religious, and whether there are signs that secularisation is slowing or even reversing.
In our lead article, Evert Van de Poll strongly challenges the conventional secularisation thesis and introduces his own neologism: the SMR Society – which is secularised (or secularising) yet simultaneously multi-religious.

Recent years have seen some ground-breaking works exploring religion and secularity in Europe. Darrell Jackson looks back at Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age, 12 years after its publication, and assesses its impact and relevance today. And in our book review section, Jim Memory reviews two books that have tried, with partial success, to make Taylor’s work more widely accessible.
Jo Appleton looks at secularism and religiosity from a different perspective, asking how Europe’s growing Muslim population affects the debate. In a similar vein, Jim Memory offers a demographic perspective on European secularisation, using population and migration statistics to identify future trends, outlining key missiological implications.

This issue is completed by Jeff  Fountain’s article introducing some recent popular books that  suggest religion and spirituality  continue to resonate with  Europeans today.

Chris Ducker, Jim Memory, Darrell Jackson, Evert van de Poll, Jo Appleton

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