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La révision de vie

Abstract : This article envisioned the revision of life as an important practice of French Catholicism from the 1930s to the 1980s to remove it from its relative lack of interest in the current scientific literature. If one can perceive the practice as being one of the ancestors of the contemporary “group of speech”, the revision of life must also be considered in its religious dimension. It was able to respond to the challenges raised by the new positioning that militants wanted, with the encouragement of the institution, in post-war French society. Although it did not have the effects of religious reconquest initially expected, that it did not prevent the decline of the sacramental practice nor the erosion of the vocations religious and priestly, the revision of life could constitute a brake to secularization by maintaining a religious presence in environments deemed difficult pastorally. Painfully adapting to the crisis of social democracy and the figure of the activist who was associated with it, the practice gradually declined in the 1970s and 1980s. The revision of life thus reflects a social and political moment of French society as well as the way in which religious groups, which strongly refer to tradition and continuity, are constantly actors of innovations and witnesses of mutations.
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Anthony Favier. La révision de vie. Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, Éditions de l’EHESS, 2019, Conversions à l'islam, culture et religion. Tensions et articulations., pp.141-162. ⟨halshs-02129615⟩



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