Postmodernity and religion

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  • Postmodernity and Religion
    • Spiritual Shopping
      • Hervieu-Leger states that because fewer parents teach their children about religion and let them decide for themselves, young people no longer inherit a fixed religion identity. This is the cause of  the decline in religion in Europe.
      • Individual consumerism has replaced collective tradition. People have become spiritual shoppers where religion has become individualised
    • Lyon: 'Jesus in Disneyland'
      • Globalisation  compresses time and space allowing instantaneous access to ideas and beliefs. Boundaries between different areas of social life become blurred. Conscious choices can be made about which elements of religion are useful to its' consumer.
    • The variety of religious products has resulted in the loss of meta-narratives.
    • Criticisms
      • People choose to view programmes confirming their existing beliefs. Also, the electronic church isn't based on extensive evidence.
  • Believing without belonging
    • Postmodernity and Religion
      • Spiritual Shopping
        • Hervieu-Leger states that because fewer parents teach their children about religion and let them decide for themselves, young people no longer inherit a fixed religion identity. This is the cause of  the decline in religion in Europe.
        • Individual consumerism has replaced collective tradition. People have become spiritual shoppers where religion has become individualised
      • Lyon: 'Jesus in Disneyland'
        • Globalisation  compresses time and space allowing instantaneous access to ideas and beliefs. Boundaries between different areas of social life become blurred. Conscious choices can be made about which elements of religion are useful to its' consumer.
      • The variety of religious products has resulted in the loss of meta-narratives.
      • Criticisms
        • People choose to view programmes confirming their existing beliefs. Also, the electronic church isn't based on extensive evidence.
    • Vicarious Religion
      • The minority of clergy practise religion on behalf of the majority although the church is used for rites of passage. Davie compares vicarious religion to the tip of an iceberg.
    • Criticisms
      • Bruce argues that people are not willing to invest time in going to church; reflecting the declining strength of their beliefs.
      • When people no longer believe, they no longer wish to belong.
  • Davie believes that religion is simply becoming privatised because religion is a matter of personal choice.
    • Believing without belonging
      • Vicarious Religion
        • The minority of clergy practise religion on behalf of the majority although the church is used for rites of passage. Davie compares vicarious religion to the tip of an iceberg.
      • Criticisms
        • Bruce argues that people are not willing to invest time in going to church; reflecting the declining strength of their beliefs.
        • When people no longer believe, they no longer wish to belong.
  • Secularisation theory suggests that modernisation affects  societies in the same way. Davie believes there are multiple modernities, e.g) Britain and America.
    • Pilgrims follow an individual path in a search for self-discovery whereas Converts join religious groups that offer a strong sense of belonging.

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