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The deconstruction of a cathedral: on recent debate about Nuernberg’s St Lorenz church

Sociology International Journal
Ullrich Relebogile Kleinhempel


This presentation is about the background and implications of a recent phenomenon, especially in German Protestantism, of ‘partial profanation of churches’. I propose that it reflects an ‘in-depth’ secularisation in Protestantism, leading to a redistribution of roles of custodianship of the spiritual cultural heritage in society. 


semiotics of mediaeval churches, mystagogy of sacred architecture, theology of sacred space, secularisation, re-dedication of churches, post-secularism, and sacred heritage