VÁCLAVÍK, David. Deepening Secularization? How to Read Official Statistics. A Case of the Czech Republic. DISKUS. Bath College of HE, 2014, vol. 16, No 2, p. 22-30. ISSN 0967-8948.
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Original name Deepening Secularization? How to Read Official Statistics. A Case of the Czech Republic
Authors VÁCLAVÍK, David (203 Czech Republic, guarantor, belonging to the institution).
Edition DISKUS, Bath College of HE, 2014, 0967-8948.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Article in a journal
Field of Study 60300 6.3 Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Country of publisher United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14210/14:00076522
Organization unit Faculty of Arts
Keywords in English census; seculariuzation; Czech Republic; modernization
Tags rivok
Tags International impact, Reviewed
Changed by Changed by: doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D., učo 52251. Changed: 11. 3. 2015 14:05.
The Czech Republic is often regarded as one of the most secularized countries in the world. It seems that such a statement is supported by the majority of statistical data, for example, the results of the last census, which was held in 2011. According to this census only 12 % of the Czech population identifies explicitly with a religious institution or tradition. It also shows a radical decline of traditional religious institutions such as the Catholic Church or the main protestant denominations, which have lost more than 50 % of their members over the last ten years. What do these facts mean? Are they, as some scholars and the majority of journalist and politicians argue, clear proof of the deepening secularization or even "atheisation" of contemporary Czech society? Or is it necessary to read this data more carefully and in the context of other relevant surveys? I will argue in this paper that the above mentioned and similar facts cannot be interpreted in the "traditional way" as evidence of deepening secularization but instead should be read as an indicator of a change in the interpretation of religion in connection to a new social and cultural concept of this phenomenon.
MUNI/A/0780/2013, interní kód MUName: Epistemologické problémy výzkumu v religionistice (Acronym: EPROVYR)
Investor: Masaryk University, Category A
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