The ambition of the present paper is to theorise processes of re-enchantment in the modern western world by drawing on Max Weber’s and Emile Durkheim’s classical sociological insights on modernity, meaning and religion. Our aim in doing so is not only to demonstrate how much the latter have to offer to such an analysis, but especially to argue for the need of a rejuvenation of sociology of religion by shrugging off its traditional Christian bias and going beyond its narrow focus on secularisation and religious decline.

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Aupers, S., & Houtman, D. (2007). Religion Beyond God (No. Working Paper Series on Sociology). Centre for Rotterdam Cultural Sociology (CROCUS). Retrieved from