Why the Meaning of Heresy Changes in Pluralistic Contexts

Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007

The impact of modernity on religion is commonly seen in terms of the process of secularization, which can be described simply as one in which religion loses its hold on the level both of institutions and of human consciousness. This is not the place to review the by-now immense literature on the causes, character, and historical course of secularization. But one point should be made here: At the very least, there is a close connection between secularization and the pluralization of plausibility structures. Nor are the reasons for this hard to understand. A religious worldview, just like any other ...

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