Dr Andrew Hass is a Reader in Religion at the University of Stirling. His courses focus on ways that religion conceptually and culturally manifests itself in other disciplines and forms; through philosophy, hermeneutics, critical theory, literature, or other artistic expressions.
A post-religious West?
While religious movements, traditional and new, appear to show no let-up around the rest of the globe, the West seems to be washing its hands of organised and institutional religion.
Statistics bear this out dramatically; even America’s “unaffiliated” are its fastest rising number. But are statistics the only story? Are we in the West any less concerned about questions that were once the exclusive reserve of the religious establishment, but are now being framed with different language, with different cultural expression? Is Christian Europe a fading star, or is its once explosive power, distant and past, fragmenting only to create new worlds?