The Sociology of Religion in Europe
Institute of Sociology Technical University Berlin Berlin, Germany
The situation of Religion in Europe is doubtlessly exceptional compared to other continents. Sociology of Religion, likewise, is highly varied and diverse in the different European societies and regions. As opposed to the very general approaches of comparative studies on religion, in this meeting we would like to make a first attempt of looking at the richness of the various perspectives on religion that have developed in the different European countries, assuming that the variety of religion and the variety of the sociology of religion may be related in a way to be specified. The introduction will sketch a short map of the sociology of religion both, geographically and theoretically, and will indicate those areas neglected in the meeting.