Catholicism in Transition: The ‘Religious Beat’ Movement in Hungary
Religion is continuously interrelated with socio-cultural changes. In order to survive, religions must face the challenges of new times and provide plausible responses. Social changes often call forth new religious phenomena, but at the same time, technical developments, changes of mentality, economic and political circumstances influence the inner dynamics of already existing religions. These
alterations appear on the level of official religiosity and can be analysed based
on papal and episcopal encyclicals and manifestations, but also on the basis of the everyday level of vernacular religiosity. The latter provides an insight into how religious people experience these changes and what they pick and choose
from official church doctrines and theology. We can ask what is attractive, what is
not and we can examine why people put changes into practice. By looking at the
vernacular level of religiosity we receive a complex picture of the social aspects
and influences of religion.