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There are two ways of looking at the religious situation in Europe: The first considers the features that are common to Europe as a whole; the second looks at the differences across the continent. This entry begins by looking at a range of factors that can be found throughout Europe. The second section develops a series of variations based largely on the different confessional blocs—that is, Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. It also considers the contrasts between what is commonly known as West Europe and the parts of the continent that were under communist domination from 1948 to 1989. In the latter, the religious trajectory is noticeably different. The final section points to the current paradox: On the one hand, there are the relatively high levels ...

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