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Secularisation - who is the exception?


During the 20th century a strong notion has prevailed in Europe that regarded the gradual retreat of religion and, in particular, of churches from the public sphere as a general and also specific, even natural characteristic of modern society. This perception, to which the label "secularization" was attached in the course of the past century has for quite some time now been called into question because the European horizon has broadened and has revealed its relativity in this process. A closer look at current developments in the USA, which are regarded as one of the driving forces behind the process of global modernization and which are, at the same time, characterized by vibrant religiousness and vital church life, has contributed a lot to this change in perception. Precisely with regard to its vital religious life, the USA are, from a European perspective, still often perceived as a strange "misunderstood giant" (quote taken from the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

An important factor of this "misunderstood giant" is the Catholic Church. Even if the fundamentalists and free churches seem to be in the focus of the European public perception: The Catholic faith is the largest denomination in the USA - about 25% of the US-Americans are catholic. CrossingOver wants to contribute to explore major aspects American church life for the German context.

Crossingover. Kirche der USA erfahren, Kirche hier neu denken.

Ein Projekt zur Förderung des Dialogs über katholische Kirche und Gemeindeleben in den USA und Deutschland