posted on 2016-11-08, 09:47authored bySimona Guerra
[First paragraph] The role of religion in public life has mainly been examined in social studies, with
contributions that pointed to the process of secularization in the 1960s and 1970s.
Peter Berger, author of The Sacred Canopy (1990), stressed later that these analyses
have mistakenly confused the process of pluralization and secularization. He noted
that the impact of modernization does not necessarily lead to secularization, but may
change how we believe in God, and affect formations of values and attitudes.
Modernization impacts on varying choices and the fall of Communism in Central and
Eastern Europe had a similar influence across the region. As Jose Casanova (2006)
underlines, the impact of secularization provides the Churches opportunities to
emerge and enter the social and political discourse. The same Churches found
opportunities within the fall of Communism and the process of democratization in the
Culture and Society : Journal of Social Research
/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Politics and International Relations