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dr. C.N. (Kees) de Groot

Assistant Professor 

Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
Department of Practical Theology and Religious Studies


My research interest is guided by the question: how are Christian traditions transformed and continued in ecclesial contexts, in secular spheres and on the boundaries between the religious and the secular?

Currently, I am working on three projects:

1) The development of fluid ways of being church.

2) The organizational dynamics of spiritual care, in particular prison chaplaincy.

3) The construction of Catholic Social Teaching and its contribution to and critique of capitalism.

4) The use of religious heritage in popular culture, in particular comics and events.


News items

  • Out now: The Liquidation of the Church
     How the churches' assets and properties are redistributed throughout society. Religion is crossing the boundaries of the parish and appears in other institutional contexts. A variety of case studies in leisure, care, spirituality and theatre demonstrates a fresh way to look at religion in late modernity and produces new questions for theological and sociological debate. 

Principal publications

  • de Groot, K. (2018). The liquidation of the church. (Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies). London / New York: Routledge.
  • de Groot, K. (2017). Bingo! Holy play in experience-oriented society. Social Compass, 64(2), 194-205. DOI: 10.1177/0037768617697392
  • de Groot, K. (2017). Tintin as a Catholic Comic: How Catholic Values went Underground. Implicit Religion, 19(3), 371-400. DOI: 10.1558/imre.v19i3.31123
  • de Groot, K., & Sengers, E. (2015). Sociology of religion in the Netherlands. In A. J. Blasi, & G. Giordan (Eds.), Sociologies of religion: National traditions (Vol. 25, pp. 132-161). Leiden/Boston: Brill. DOI: 10.1163/9789004297586_008
  • de Groot, K., Korver, S, Schumann, C., Sengers, E.& Jansma, L. G. (eds.) 2017. Wat niet weg is is gezien: Religie en levensbeschouwing in publieke instellingen. (Themanummer Religie & Samenleving 12 (2/3).

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Last amended: 06 December 2018