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Centre for Religious Studies

Religion matters in society. The Centre for Religious Studies (CRS) operates with the vision that religion plays a central role in societies around the world. “Religion” can only be studied and understood as being embedded in “culture”. This context and the interaction with other cultural and societal elements—such as law, politics, science, art, philosophy, and economy—give “religion” its meaning and cultural place. The study of religion thus requires a multidisciplinary approach. That is why the CRS combines theories and methods of the humanities, social sciences and even science & technology.

Blog 'The Religion Factor'

  • 12 February 2024 - Kim Knibbe

    Once upon a time, there was a princess and a priest...

    Last Sunday, I went into the centre of the town of Maastricht with my family to celebrate Carnaval and watch the ‘Bonte Storm’ (the colourful storm, as big parade on Sunday is called). We walked slowly, often stopping to admire a group with particularly...

  • 30 October 2023 - Lars de Wildt

    Playing with Religion: How videogames became the world’s biggest dealer in religion

    Young people in the West are more likely to encounter religion in a videogame, than in a church, mosque or in a synagogue. This is especially startling when we realize that the demographics for non-religion are very similar to the demographics for people...

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