Savremene religijske promene u Srbiji i proces integracije u Evropu
Current Religious Changes in Serbia and Integration in Europe
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In the last decade and a half the process of desecularization has been undoubtedly verified in Serbia. Not only that the changes have been verified in the reli- gious complex in general, but in traditional religious groups in particular as well. The revival of religiousness and people’s attachment to religion and church have been clearly proved in all aspects of religious life: in the areas of religious identification, doctrinaire religious beliefs and ritual religious practices. It should also be noted that in times of extremely turbulent political and social changes in the Balkans, all traditional religious complexes, orthodox, catholic and muslim, began forming close ties with political and state, public and binding domains, which was absolutely unthinkable of a decade and a half ago. Which leads us to the crucial question: can religion make a contribution to the process of integration coming form the surrounding countries as the imperative of foreign powers on one hand, and as th...e striving of the majority of population in all the postsocialist countries in the Balkans on the other hand, or will it only cause damage and interfere with the process of integration of those societies into the European commonwealth of nations? This article discusses different opinions that view the traditional complexes of religion, language and nation as disruptive factors of modernization of the Balkan countries, as well as completely opposite opinions based on the experiences of traditional islamic societies in which religion is not a factor that hinders their rapid modernization.
Keywords:integration in Europe / (de)secularization / Serbia / postsocialist societies / globalization
Source:Filozofija i društvo, 2006, 95-111
- Beograd : Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju