Εκκλησιασμός, θρησκευτικότητα και προσευχή: μια ασύμπτωτη σχέση

English title: Church attendance, religiosity and praying: an asymptotic relationship

Author(s): Vassiliki Georgiadou - Ilias Nikolakopoulos -

Language: Greek

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2007

Abstract

This article analyses the manifestations of religious expression and behaviour in 19 countries that participated in the ESS research. The starting point of our analyses is the hypothesis that, in societies of late modernity, the most important of these manifestations (church attendance, religious faith, praying) do not correlate, but are quite irrelevant from one another. To put it another way, there is a loose relation between the religions in the holy texts and canons on the one hand, and the way people actually believe and practise. Testing our hypothesis with the data provided by the ESS, we find out that it is confirmed as a main trend. Therefore, we observe that among the 19 countries, there is a high, widely spread religiosity, which however is a lot wider than the level of religious practise and worship. The data we use do not manifest whether the observed religiosity is dogmatically entrenched. Nevertheless, we find out that church attendance and praying do not exactly express this religiosity. Thus, we explain the fact that in these 19 countries, those who describe themselves as religious (83,8%) are indeed more than those who regularly attend mass (62,8%) and pray (58,2%).

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Anthology: Society, Citizens and Politics. The European Social Survey.