chapter  7
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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.