During secularization, says Klaus Eder, religion did not disappear completely. It only became invisible to the public sphere. In Europe, this was a result of the two dominant Christian religions – Protestantism and Catholicism – which drove other religious beliefs into the private sphere. He terms the recent return of religion to the public sphere post-secularism.
(b.1946) studied sociology at Frankfurt University and the University of Constance. In 1984 he took his Habilitation at the University of Düsseldorf, where he was Privatdozent from 1985 onwards; he was also Heisenberg Fellow and research director of the study group for social science research, Munich. He is now professor of sociology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.