Roman Catholicism and religious pluralities in Portuguese (Iberian) history

Steffen Dix*

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The religious history of Portugal is usually told as the history of a monolithic Catholic belief-system that excludes other religious options. Contrasting this tendency, there is also a political - anticlerical - construction that regards the Catholic tradition as the origin of economic, intellectual, or even ethical backwardness. Taken together, these presuppositions make it difficult to provide an impartial description of the religious situation in Portugal, both contemporary and historical. The present article intends to challenge those theological and political agendas and to replace their historical narratives with a more pluralistic picture of religion in Portugal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-84
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Religion in Europe
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Pluralism
  • Plurality
  • Portugal
  • Portuguese history of religion
  • Roman Catholicism


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