The Crisis of Religion and the Problem of Roman Catholic Self-Definition
Welcome to the website of the GOA-research group!
This project seeks to dispel some of the confusion surrounding the notion, and the contemporary discussion, of ‘religion’ by means of a critical reflection on one of its most complex and enduring manifestations, namely, the Roman Catholic tradition of Christianity. More concretely, our research explores the content and development of Roman Catholicism’s religious self-definition throughout history.
This history has been marked by internal tensions, and disputes and divisions within Catholicism, as well as repression and corruption. In the course of its existence, Roman Catholicism has encountered multiple cultural, religious and philosophical systems which it has both opposed and/or, to some degree, appropriated. Since the advent of modernity (and postmodernity) it has been obliged to address the emergence of modern atheism and the processes of secularization (and secularism). Most recently, it has been required to meet the challenges issuing from the increasing presence and growing popularity of rival religious systems, both Christian and non-Christian.
- Interview with prof. Joris Geldhof on Lutheranism (Dutch) Radio Klara
- 28 March 2017: Public Lecture by prof. Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University): Hot versus Cool Religion: The Future of Churches in an Age of Self-Fulfilment
- Where and when? Promotion Hall | 6 pm
- 29 March 2017: Research Seminar with Prof. Linda Woodhead
- 28 April 2017: Student Conference
- 2 May 2017: LOGOS XII
- 11-14 October 2017: LEST XI
Previous events 2017
6 February 2017: GOA Research Colloquium: 'Relocating the Religious in the Contemporary World' photo report
As a whole, the GOA-research group joins some forty scholars involved in research on both the doctoral and postdoctoral level. Each of these members works in close collaboration with one of the five supervisors.
Academic secretary: Anton Milh