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Dechristianization
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I. History of the Concept – II. Concept in Cultural Studies

I. History of the Concept

Dechristianization can be identified since c. 1820 as a translation for déchristianisation, which was coined in the struggles over religious policy in the French Revolution. Déchristianiser initially referred to the spontaneous acts of violence by lower-class groups against the church, that is, the theft of church property, the destruction of churches, and the execu…

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Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Dechristianization”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_07889>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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