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Author Fath, Sébastien
Source Hyper Articles en Ligne (HAL)
Content type Text
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Etats-Unis ♦ Evangéliques ♦ United States ♦ France ♦ Religion ♦ Denominations ♦ Evangelicals ♦ shs ♦ Humanities and Social Sciences/History
Abstract In describing Christianity in France, history and sociology have had lasting difficulties escaping from the “sect-church” dichotomy. The heavy dominance of Catholicism is one possible explanation. In contrast to the American situation, which may be characterized by a competitive religious market in which religions are structured in various “denominations,” the French religious economy seems to be defined as a religiously dry and very secularized context. Today, with the decline of churches, the dominant trend would be the disintegration of religion, instead of its revitalization. This process is said to take two forms: “religious bricolage” or narrow sectarian belonging. The experience of French evangelical Protestantism, however, invites us to question this interpretative scheme. Beginning with a historical overview, we call into question the notion that evangelical Protestantism in its French context is solely indicative of religious decline. Further, we will ask: does the study of French evangelicalism suggest that a restructuring of French religion is at work on a denominational basis? And, if so, does such a conclusion invite us to relativize the gap—which has been quite considerable in the past—between both French and American religious cultures?
ISSN 10694404
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-01-01
Journal Sociology of Religion
Page Count 20
Starting Page 399
Ending Page 418