Spanish Religiosity: Some Comments on the Religion Monitor Results for Spain

Author: José Casanova

January 1, 2008

The Spanish social imaginary appears to maintain a tension between a more traditional religious conception anchored in Christian transcendence and a more secular conception grounded in immanent, exclusive humanism. Casanova reflects on the changing nature of Spanish religiosity in a country in which enduring religious homogeneity coexists with a growing decline in religious belief. This essay was published in the report Religion Monitor 2008 Spain: Overview of Religious Attitudes and Practices and is an abridged version of “Spanish Religiosity: An Interpretive Reading of the Religion Monitor Results for Spain,” which is published in What the World Believes: Analysis and Commentary on the Religion Monitor 2008.

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