The study of religion faces many controversies today. When focusing on Western societies, many researchers conclude that a steady process of secularisation is under way and that religions have played out their roles as socially relevant factors. In a more global perspective, however, secularisation does not seem to form an inevitable consequence of modernisation and parallel trends are visible as well, e.g. the emergence of religiously motivated political and ideological groups and movements and the increased interest in alternative religiosity.
Simultaneously, the issues and debates related to religion and society seem to become evermore complex and multi-layered, tying into aspects of equality and human rights, freedom of speech, migration, security, legislation, global economy and climate change. The role of religion in secular Western societies seems to be both decreasing and increasing at the same time, fueling many different interpretations and predictions about religion as a player in secular society.
This seminar seeks to address the question of what kind of knowledge about religion is needed in order to decipher and deal with the complex challenges of our times. Which concepts are best used to describe the relationship between society and religion today? Are the traditional religious institutions of Europe able to answer to the challenges of increasingly diverse societies? Is there still space and understanding for religiousness and communities based on religious ideologies and non-secular values in secular Europe? What does religious literacy imply in this situation?
Sibelius Museum, Piispankatu 17
13.00 Linda Woodhead, Distinguished Prof. of Religion and Society, Lancaster University, UK: De-Reformation: how the old religious and political order came apart and what has taken its place
Response by Terhi Utriainen, Prof. of the Study of Religions, University of Turku
14.00 Paul Bramadat, Prof., Director, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria, Canada: Urban Religion, Irreligion, and Spirituality: After After Religion in Canada
Response by Tuomas Martikainen, Director, Migration Institute of Finland, Turku
Discussion (Chair: Tuula Sakaranaho, Prof. of the Study of Religions, University of Helsinki
Linda Woodhead, Distinguished Prof. of Religion and Society, Lancaster University, UK:
De-Reformation: how the old religious and political order came apart and what has taken its place.
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 was also a funeral. The old settlements in which state, church and society worked in had worked in close co-operation had come to an end. In northern Europe we now find ourselves in a situation of greater diversity, which can be understood in terms of three upheavals: 1. The decline of church Christianity and the growth of alternatives 2. The waning of state-church alliances and the rise of ‘religious freedom’ 3. The emergence of a new set of widely-shared sacred values. This talk will examine this dramatic reshaping of the cultural landscape and discuss some of its causes and consequences.
Paul Bramadat, Prof., Director, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria, Canada:
Urban Religion, Irreligion, and Spirituality: After After Religion in Canada
When many of us talk about religion at all, we often talk about the religions of two kinds of others: (Muslim) newcomers on the one hand, and not-quite-modern (fundamentalist Christian) neighbours on the other hand. Usually, debates arise out of concerns that these groups espouse ”illiberal” or ”non-secular” values or engage in practices that offend the norms of the dominant society. These fears reveal a great deal about the way we think about the peripheral place of religion in supposedly secularizing societies. However, as the saying goes, one should not always believe what one thinks. In this lecture, I want to use the religious situation in Canada to ask whether the kinds of diversity we see in our urban spaces might require more subtle approaches to religion and spirituality that enable us to see ourselves and our others differently.
Turku City Library, Studio, Linnankatu 2
17.00-19.00 Public Discussion: Uskonto ja suomalainen yhteiskunta – mihin olemme menossa?
Paneelikeskustelun tarkoituksena on valottaa Suomen uskonnollista nykytilannetta ja siinä tapahtuvia muutoksia eri uskontokuntien näkökulmista. Onko uskontojen rooli yhteiskunnassa muuttumassa, ja millä tavoin? Millä elämän aloilla uskontoa joudutaan pohtimaan uudella tavalla? Pystyykö suomalainen yhteiskunta vastaamaan yhä monimuotoisemman yhteiskunnan haasteisiin ja näkemään myös sen tarjoamat mahdollisuudet?
Kaarlo Kalliala, piispa, Turun arkkihiippakunta
Simon Livson, rabbi, Helsingin ja Turun juutalaiset seurakunnat
Terhi Utriainen, professori, Turun yliopisto
Zahra al-Take, opettaja, Turku
Ari Vuokko, psykoterapeutti, Suomen vietnamilaisten buddhalaisten yhdyskunnan varapuheenjohtaja
Moderaattori: Dosentti Ruth Illman, Donner-instituutti, Turku
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