Debate on Religion in Europe

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Online Buddhism

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Martin Hoondert

Online Buddhisme and secular beliefs: mediatization changes the core message.

A Pastifarian parody of Michelangelo's 'The Creation of Adam'

Pastafarianism: from protesting student to worldwide church

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Marloes Schraver

A short analysis of the Church of the Flying Spaghettimonster, also known as the Pastafarian Church. Taking a look at its origins, practices of the Church in the Netherlands and whether or not we can consider it to be a religion.

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God is Grey, a gay-accepting religious community

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Naomi Hofman

God is Grey is a anti-purity culture and pro LGBTQ+ Christian community on YouTube. The creator of this channel welcomes all, Christian or not, in an open and honest conversation about God and the Bible.

LivingChristian: An Online Christian Lifestyle Destination

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Lisa Trieling

LivingChristian is a company that brands itself as "a Christian lifestyle destination to help Christians around the world connect with faith-based content and resources" and gives a good example of how religion is becoming more and more 'networked.'

Church of Scientology

Church of Scientology

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Mariosé Bergsteijn

The Church of Scientology is a perfect example of how religion exists at the online-offline nexus.

Kneel like a true American: Protesting in American civil religion

Eva van Malsen
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The negative public response to Colin Kaepernick taking a knee can be explained through America's passive sense of civil religion. However, his act should not be shoved aside as disrespectful, but as an act of 'tough love' patriotism.

Martin Garrix in Paradiso Amsterdam

Reusing Churches in the Netherlands

Nataliia Vdovychenko
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Churches close down because of the small number of parishioners and this tendency is an important marker for the position of religion in Western Europe. What happens when churches do not attract the same numbers of believers anymore?