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Transforming Post-Catholic IrelandReligious Practice in Late Modernity$
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Gladys Ganiel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745785

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745785.001.0001

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Introduction: A Post-Catholic Ireland?

Introduction: A Post-Catholic Ireland?

(p.1) 1 Introduction: A Post-Catholic Ireland?
Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

Gladys Ganiel

Oxford University Press

This chapter engages with religious debates about religious markets in Europe, arguing that the religious landscape of the island of Ireland should be considered a ‘mixed’, post-Catholic religious market. It also introduces the new concept of extra-institutional religion, and identifies the three key arguments of the book: (1) extra-institutional religion is significant in the ways it prompts personal transformation, and creates spaces where people work together for religious, social, and political transformation; (2) extra-institutional religion provides a counter-balance to prevailing theories of religious individualization in which the ‘reflexive’, modern religious individual is seen as constructing a ‘God of one’s own’; and (3) extra-institutional religion has the potential to contribute to reconciliation on the island of Ireland, more so than traditional Christian institutions.

Keywords:   post-Catholic, religious markets, extra-institutional religion, reconciliation, religious individualization

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