At the end of the 19th century, new communities emerged in Europe that signaled new ways of thinking about politics and the place of religion in society. Scholars such as Peter van Rooden and Hugh McLeod have argued that these new developments were related to the rise of new “religious regimes.” In the Netherlands, a number of communities came to embody distinct moral collectivities within the nation. Through this process, religious/ideological diversity became the principle of social organization that the Dutch call “pillarization.” This arrangement of segmented pluralism, however, abruptly ended in the 1960s. Though Van Rooden limits his analysis to the Netherlands, similar transformations in the social role of religion took place across Europe. Are these changes comparable or perhaps even part of a shared historical process?
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