Congregations in Europe

  • Christophe Monnot
  • Jörg Stolz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Christophe Monnot, Jörg Stolz
    Pages 1-12
  3. Congregational Studies, Methodology and Epistemology

  4. Congregations and Diversity

  5. Congregations and Pluralism

  6. Congregations and Change

About this book


This volume describes and maps congregations of Christian confessions and denominations, as well as groups with Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, and various other spiritual faiths, in different European countries. Consisting of three parts, it presents concrete sociological studies addressing  how established and not established, old and new congregations of various faiths create a new kind of religious diversity at the country level; how religious congregations are challenged and thrive in large cities; and how religious congregations change in the 21st century.

The book enlightens by its descriptive analysis and the theoretical questions it raises concerning the religious transformations happening all over Europe. It addresses issues of religious diversity in the cities of Europe by presenting large studies conducted in cities such as Barcelona in Spain, and Aarhus in Denmark. By means of large-scale censuses taken in areas such as North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany and in countries like Switzerland and Italy, the book shows how the historically established churches restructure their congregations and activities. It clarifies for the new gatherers where and how a new diversity of religious congregations is in the process of being established. Finally, the book covers two important topical issues: pluralisation and secularisation. It provides new data on religious diversity, painting a new picture of secularisation: the impact and structural consequences of the long-term decrease of membership in the established churches.


Congregation Religious Mapping Diversity Mapping Super-Diversity Parish (Established church) New Religious Movement Religious Comparison Religious Implantation Religious Vitality Religious Transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Christophe Monnot
    • 1
  • Jörg Stolz
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of TheologyUniversity of StrasbourgStrasbourg CedexFrance
  2. 2.Institute for Social Sciences of Religions (ISSR), and Observatoire des Religions en Suisse (ORS)University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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