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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.
Chapter 23: Religion: Towards a Postsecular Europe?
These are strange times we are living in Europe in so far as religion is concerned. Europe is meant to be the last bastion, the remaining thread, of the secularization thesis, the continent where God was declared dead. From this perspective it may seem ironic that today there are many high-profile developments related — if only superficially — to religion. One such development, indicative of the peculiar nature of religion's presence in the European public debate, is that related to the British Airways regulations on the wearing of religious symbols: when a British Airways employee was told in 2006 that she could not wear an exposed symbol of her Christian faith (a cross as a necklace), ...