’Confession and Nation’ Panel

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gottfried Adam is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Vienna. Initially, he was professor of practical theology at the University of Marburg, then he became the head of the Department of Religious Education at the University of Würzburg. Between 1992 and 2008, until being granted the title of ‘emertitus professor’, he was senior professor at the Institute of Religious Education of the University of Vienna. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gottfried Adam is one of the most distinguished scholars of his specialty worldwide. He has been continuously supporting the teacher of religious education programme at Károli University for nearly two decades. As a recognition for his scientific work and his manifold support to the Faculty of Theology, Károli University awarded him with ‘honorary doctorate’.

“Religiosity and Protestantism Today” Panel

PD Dr. Hilke Rebenstorf
graduated in sociology, political science, psychology and journalism. Through several research visits and guest lectures in Israel, she started to focus on issues of the sociology of religion and also the sociology of education of Protestant and Catholic teacher candidates. In 2009, she moved to the University of Hamburg. Presently she is an associate researcher of the Social Sciences Institute of the Evangelical Church in Germany responsible for the project "How's the church?". In her lecture, she will show how church membership and self ascribed religiosity develop, thereby considering different components of religiosity as religious practices as well.
Dr. Harm G. Dane is a policy officer of the Protestant Church of the Netherlands and study secretary of the Research Center and Executive of the Expertise Center. He studied sociology and theology and wrote his theses “Enlightment and Forgiveness; about Christian adult education”. In the conference, he will give and outline of the recent religious situation as pluralism in a secular context in the Netherlands.

Gergely Rosta is a sociologist of religion and a research fellow of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany. In his research activity he scrutinizes youth religiosity and wider changes of religiosity in contemporary societies, the relationship between values and religion, as well as the measurement problems of the social scientific study of religion.

Ádám Hámori is a sociologist and college assistant lecturer at the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary. As PhD student at the Corvinus University, he is focused on the research into agent-based simulation of religious change and subjective well-being. His research interest covers also the sociology of youth and youth religiosity. In their joint presentation, they are going to show how the trends of youth religiosity have changed for the past decade and how these trends can be explained by various socialization factors and life-cycle effects.