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Losing Heaven : Religion in Germany Since 1945 (Hardcover) (Thomas Grou00dfbou0308lting)
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As the birthplace of the Reformation, Germany has been the site of some of the most significant moments in the history of European Christianity. Today, however, its religious landscape is one that would scarcely be recognizable to earlier generations. This groundbreaking survey of German postwar religious life depicts a profoundly changed society: congregations shrink, private piety is on the wane, and public life has almost entirely shed its Christian character, yet there remains a booming market for syncretistic and individualistic forms of "popular religion."Losing Heaven insightfully recounts these dramatic shifts and explains their consequences for German religious communities and the polity as a whole.