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Religion in the Modern World

Living religion: Challenge what you know, or think you know, about religion!

Are you interested in religion and the way that it influences our society, culture and politics? Would you like to know more about this phenomenon, which influences the daily lives of billions of people all over the world? Choose the Religion in the Modern World Minor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies!

Religions are dynamic, continually subject to discussion, lead to conflicts and are internally contradictory. In short, religions are practised by concrete people in concrete societies. Through these people, religions form part of our culture and our views of the world. So what is religion exactly? In this Minor you will research primarily how religion is experienced. In other words, it will concentrate more on religious practices than on doctrines. The question ‘what do people do’ is central, not just the question ‘what do they believe’. The starting point is that religions are not isolated phenomena, but have to be studied in their historical and cultural contexts. When you follow this contextual approach, many preconceptions vanish – preconceptions that are the result of approaching ‘religion’ as an isolated object.

Key to this Minor are the approaches of socio-cultural anthropology and religious studies, in addition to the psychology of religion. We offer two kinds of courses that complement each other in each block: a) more theoretical modules that focus on particular approaches in the study of religion and b) courses introducing particular religious traditions. However, all courses combine theoretical questions with the discussion of particular cases. It will enable you to get acquainted with the general debates and the big questions in the study of religion and culture and to gain insights of particular religious life-worlds that you may hitherto have not yet explored. At the end of the Minor you will be able to better understand one of the strongest driving forces in humanity.

Study Scheme


Students have to register for the whole minor as well as for the course units of their choice within the minor.

Students from ThRS can enrol in Religion and Art for 15 ECTS in the Faculty of Arts part of the minor in Art and Religion, in Block 1A. They may also choose to enroll in Religion Space and Place in Block 1B, but this will NOT be counted as part of a minor for ThRS students.

Non-UG Students should contact the minor coördinator for more information about registration.


For more information contact Peter Berger, minor coordinator.

Quality Assurance

A. 'Home base' of the minor Religion in the modern world is the Bachelor Religious Studies
B. The minor is covered by the programme committee of the Bachelor Religious Studies
C. The minor is covered by the Bachelor's Teaching and examination regulations (OER) Religious Studies
D. The minor is covered by the Board of Examiners of the Faculty Theology and Religious Studies
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