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Module 5:
Forms of religious life

Secularized Christians and religious diversity

This study examines and compares secularized Christians from two different milieus: one a traditional, conservative environment and the other a modern, progressive one. The study focuses on the question of how these milieus deal with the social and religious diversity that is found in today’s society. How do these two groups perceive religion or religions and their presence in the public sphere?

Prof. Dr. David Plüss
Institut für Praktische Theologie, Universität Bern

Local religious groupings in Switzerland and the USA

This representative and multi-faith study describes the activities, structures and success of local groupings belonging to all the religions to be found in Switzerland. The results will be compared with a similar study in the USA in order to shed light on the question of why European countries like Switzerland are so much less religious than the USA.

Prof. Jörg Stolz
Observatoire des Religions en Suisse, Université Lausanne

Individual religiosity in times of social change

This study examines the ways in which people live out their individual religiosity under the specifically modern conditions prevailing in Switzerland today. What are the conditions that bring about an increase or decrease in religiosity? As the study builds on two previous studies, it presents an opportunity to analyse the social changes religiosity in Switzerland has undergone over a period of more than 20 years.

Prof. Jörg Stolz
Observatoire des Religions en Suisse, Université Lausanne

Zurich, July 2005:
A visitor waiting to hear the Dalai Lama in the indoor stadium. (Photo: Keystone/Steffen Schmidt)