Now Online - Special Issue on Faith & Engaged Scholarship

Despite the prominence of the “secularization thesis” among academics prior to the turn of the millennium, religion is not in decline worldwide.

The Pew Research Center’s (2015) estimates show that until at least 2050 the number of people practicing a religion is expected to grow globally. What is more, since the events of 9/11 the "functional secularism" discourse that is based on liberal materialism and that has dominated decision making in Western societies for the past half century is increasingly being challenged. While the precise place of religion within society still remains contested, even controversial, a new “postsecularism” seems to be emerging in which matters of faith are excluded less, and where people representing diverse religious traditions are invited to shape an increasingly pluralistic society.