Special Issue "Religion and Transformation in Contemporary World"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019
The issue deals with the change of religion in the contemporary world and the question for a concept of religion. As the debates of the last few years have made clearly, reflection on religious pluralism cannot be done in abstraction from the perspective of the participant. Theories of religion like the pluralistic one remove the participant perspective from the concept of religion and dissolve the historical religions into a comprehensive, abstract concept. Religion exists solely in its individual performance and symbolic self-presentation. Religion cannot be understood independently of its performance – for instance, as a fixed truth or a salvation at hand. Yet, religion can also not be functionally determined. In those theories that abstract from the self-understanding of the agents, it is the theorist who decides whether or not religion is present. However, over against substantial and functional theories, religion is to be understood as a historically developed, human self-understanding, which describes itself as such. Religion is not an essential, anthropological feature in any way constitutive of the human. Rather, it emerges underivably as a mode of human self-understanding by taking up and transforming historically handed-down forms.
The purpose of the special issue is to give an overview of the contemporary debates of religion and bringing together some of the most important current concepts of religion against the background of the transformation of religion in the global world. In three parts this topic will be discussed: 1. The Transformation of Religion in the Contemporary World, 2. Modern Debates about Religion, 3. Religious Pluralism.
Prof. Dr. Christian Danz
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- Transformation of Religion
- Philosophy of Religion
- Religion and Modernity