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Linda Woodhead - Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory

Thu, October 31, 2013

University of Ottawa, Simard Hall, Room 125

Time: 4pm-5:30pm

Title: Four Reasons why Religion has Changed and Will Never be the Same Again

Abstract: Change is inevitable, but since the 1980s it has become inescapable, and its pace has increased. Religion has not been immune: even when it rejects wider social changes, it has to respond. Even the most traditional religions are reshaped by the conditions in which they find themselves. This paper argues that religion has changed dramatically since 1989. It examines the main reasons for this change, and isolates four main ways in which religion has changed forever.

Bio: Linda Woodhead is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University, Visiting Professor at Aarhus University and holds the research Chair of the Theology and Religious Studies panel for REF 2014. Recent publications include Everyday Lived Islam in Europe (Ashgate, 2013), Religion and Change in Modern Britain (Routledge, 2012), and A Sociology of Religious Emotion (Oxford University Press, 2011).

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