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Invisible religion

Invisible religion. Religious beliefs and practices which are held in parallel with (or in association with) those of the official religion to which the person concerned belongs: it is thus closely associated with non-official religion. They include such items as superstition and the paranormal. More broadly, the ‘Invisible Religion thesis’ is the argument of T. Luckmann (in the book of that title in its Eng. tr., 1967) that Durkheim and Weber were correct in identifying religion as the key to understanding society and the place of individuals in society. In his definition, religion is that which enables individuals to transcend their biological nature, thus making religion virtually synonymous with culture.

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invisible religion

invisible religion This concept, which is associated with Thomas Luckmann (The Invisible Religion, 1963), involves the notion that religion is still an important feature of modern society, but it should not be defined narrowly as church-going behaviour. Religion involves the creation of meaning, which becomes objective in culture, and thereby transcends immediate experience. See also SECULARIZATION.

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religion, invisible

religion, invisible See INVISIBLE RELIGION.

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