Faith and TrustFaith and Trust: Tracking patterns of religious and civic commitment in Greece and Europe.An empirical approach.

English title: Faith and Trust: Tracking patterns of religious and civic commitment in Greece and Europe.An empirical approach.

Author(s): Theoni Stathopoulou -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2010

Abstract

This chapter offers a comparative empirical approach to religious attitudes, perceptions and practices, and the way in which they may correlate to levels of public trust in institutions, an apect of social capital, both in Greece and in Europe. The data used in this approach were taken from the two rounds of the European Social Survey (2002-2003 and 2004-2005), conducted in more than 20 countries and designed to record and interpret changes in a number of social and political issues of critical importance to European policy. Greece was the only Orthodox country to be included in the study and in this sense constitutes a distinct case for analysis of the relationship between religion, the state and society in the changing world of Europe. Analysis of the empirical data demonstrated that Greece differs from the other countries studied only in respect of the subjective indicators of religiosity, mainly the indicator of self-definition in relation to religion, and in the high level of trust shown in supranational institutions like the European Parliament, in contrast to most of Greece’s European partners. The study also revealed a broad dispersal of types of religiosity in Europe, regardless of formal religious denomination, while religious neutrality or indifference were found to be associated with low levels of social capital.

From page no: 193

To page no: 217

Anthology: Orthodox Christianity in 21st century Greece. The role of Religion in Culture, Ethnicity and Politics.

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