The research project Nonreligiousness in Eastern Germany examines to what extent lifestyles, norms and ideologies in Eastern Germany constitute reactions to the secularization enforced by the former communist regime. Considering the current Ostalgie – represented in products and attitudes – it seems obvious that attitudinal aspects of the GDR are still present in Eastern Germany in forms of a voluntary secularism, albeit bereft of the former ideological underpinnings. This is evidenced with the lasting popularity of the Jugendweihe (youth dedication ceremony), but also with the adaptation of churchly wedding rites at civil marriage ceremonies and some positions of radical left-wing parties.
of Baptists, Christian Catholics, Protestants, Catholics, Methodists and in Religious Studies
See also: Johann Hafner/Julia Enxing/Andre Munzinger (Eds.): Gebetslogik. Reflexionen aus interkonfessioneller Perspektive (Logic of Prayer. Reflections from an Interdenominational Perspective), Leipzig 2015, ca. 200 pages.
Even in so-called monotheistic religions, beings who are neither human nor divine (angels, demons, aeons, spirits) are persistently thought of below the high deity. They enjoyed wide popularity, especially as they meet the need for healing, information and speculation. Using system-theoretical considerations, the "necessité de l'angélologie" (H. Corbin) and the differentiation of various transcendencies will be reconstructed. Currently, a volume is emerging on the origins of biblical mediators and their ramifications in apocryphal, Gnostic and other 'heterodox' traditions.