Invisible Religion

The German-American sociologist Thomas Luckmann, in his book The Invisible Religion: The Problem of Religion in Modern Society, argues that religion has become, in modern societies, a quest for existential meaning driven by the theme of self-realization. Defining religion as a system of meanings and linking its contemporary form to the theme of personal achievement, Luckmann’s approach represents a theoretical framework that has enabled many scholars to see a compensation for the disappearance of institutional religious generated by the processes of secularization. Since it is not attached to any official religious institution and is manifested in the private sphere of individuals, contemporary religion would not be perceived as such by individuals and would—according to Luckmann—become invisible. The researchers who follow this view see through what ...

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