According to recent statistics and research, we are currently witnessing a global resurgence of religion, which caught most of the social scientists by surprise, given that until recently, the secularization theory has enjoyed a quasi-paradigmatic status within social sciences. One of the major challenges associated with the increased visibility of religion refers to the future of democracy. Based on the assumption that religious affiliation represents an important determinant of democracy, this project analyses the relationship between religion and democracy in Europe, using a comparative perspective.
The main objective of the project is to empirically find answers to the following specific research questions:
1. Does religious affiliation to a certain religious tradition influence positively or negatively the democratic attitudes and behavior of people?
2. What are the historical and theological elements which explain the nexus between the religious affiliation and the (un)democratic attitudes and behavior?