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Social Capital, Social Identities by Hans Bernhard Schmid, Christoph Henning, Dieter Thomä

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Hans G. Kippenberg

The Social Capital of ReligiousCommunities in the Age of Globalization

Belonging and Believing

For years the situation of religion in Europe was conceived of as “believing without belonging”. With regard to the subject of this book, this would imply that in Europe religion has lost its power to establish mutual recognized moral bonds. For that reason, it is worth noting that Grace Davie, author of that formula, has abandoned it. As early as 1994, Grace Davie showed in a study of Great Britain that a low level of church commitment can coexist with a large diffusion of faith convictions; she called this “believing without belonging” (Davie 1994). This observation makes good sense of two discrepancies that can be observed in ...

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