The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe offers a detailed overview of religious ideas, structures, and institutions in the making of Europe. It examines the role of religion in fostering identity, survival, and tolerance in the empires and nation-states of Europe from Antiquity until today; the interplay between religion, politics and ideologies in the twentieth century; the dialogue between religious communities and European institutions in the construction of the European Union; and the engagement of Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Islam, Judaism, and Eastern religions with the idea of Europe. The collection closes with an overview of European nation states, focusing on history, demography, legal perspectives, political authorities, societal changes, and current trends. Written by leading scholars in the field, the Handbook is an authoritative and up-to-date volume which demonstrates the enduring presence of lived and institutionalized religion in the social networks of identity, policy, and power over two millennia of European history.
The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe is a well-written volume that lends attention to an important matter that still concerns the European space. It is about not just a relevant tool, but also from an investigation that surely will influence future work on the social mechanisms that influence the society. It is definitely a book utility for disciplines of theology, history and sociology. * Iuliu-Marius Morariu, Universidad Babes-Bolyai de Cluj-Napoca (Rumania), Translated from Anuario de historia de la Iglesia * This is a great contribution that should appeal to students, academics, religious actors and others with an interest in the role of religion in contemporary Europe. * John Anderson, University of St Andrews * The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe is an exemplary encyclopaedic project and will be an invaluable resource for historians, social scientists, theologians, and scholars of religious studies for some years to come. * Bernice Martin, Journal of Contemporary Religion * The whole collection ends with two useful, albeit speculative, charts of affiliation statistics across European countries, islands and principalities. This Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe has been a huge undertaking and the two editors are to be congratulated on their assiduous labours. It is a major achievement and will be useful for many years to come. * Robin Gill, Ecclesiology * The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe is a reference of paramount importance for scholars interested in understanding and conceptualizing the role of religion in European history, society, and politics. * Alberta Giorgi, Department of Letters, Philosophy, Communication, University of Bergamo, Routledge: Ethnic and Racial Studies * The authors and editors have produced a high-quality piece of work and many of the chapters will be central references for me, and I believe many others, to return to in the future. * Linnea Lundgren, Center for Civil Society Research, Marie Cederschold University, Routledge: Religion * an excellent resource for students and scholars of both religion and Europe as well as 'religion and Europe' * Simon Glendinning, LSE Review of Books * Attempting an overview of religion's significance in the fashioning of Europe is a Herculean task. So far as it is humanly achievable, however, Grace Davie and Lucian Leustean, together with their army of contributors, have succeeded mightily ... It will be foundational for the work of researchers in diverse fields for decades to come. * Alexander Faludy, Church Times *