Religion in the Modern World: From Cathedrals to Cults

Paperback | April 30, 1999

bySteve Bruce

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The people of the Middle Ages did what the Church told them God required. The sovereign consumers of the modern world `pick and mix' their own religions, Starting with the Reformation and ending with New Age spirituality, this book offers a comprehensive sociological description andexplanation of the changes in the religious life of Western society that have accompanied modernization. This major new book from a leading sociologist of religion tracks the Church's changing role from monolith to Sect, to Denomination, and at the end of the twentieth century, to the Cult. What were the forces that brought about this change? What is the real role for the Church in the modern world?Professor Steve Bruce answers these questions in a clearly argued and accessible way. Including substantial chapters on religion in the USA, religion and ethnicity, and the New Age, Religion in the Modern World is an invaluable resource for students of sociology, religion or history and anyone witha real interest in looking behind the headlines for the place of religion in today's society.

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Spanning 450 years of conflict between religion and modernization, Religion in the Modern World offers an engaging look at the evolution of western religion from the early 16th century through the contemporary "New Age" cult. Lively and accessible, this book provides a comprehensive description of the changes in Western religion over t...

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The people of the Middle Ages did what the Church told them God required. The sovereign consumers of the modern world `pick and mix' their own religions, Starting with the Reformation and ending with New Age spirituality, this book offers a comprehensive sociological description andexplanation of the changes in the religious life of We...

Steve Bruce is at University of Aberdeen.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198781512

ISBN - 13:9780198781516

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Spanning 450 years of conflict between religion and modernization, Religion in the Modern World offers an engaging look at the evolution of western religion from the early 16th century through the contemporary "New Age" cult. Lively and accessible, this book provides a comprehensive description of the changes in Western religion over the centuries and offers an intriguing view of the direction it is heading in the future. Tables

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enormous scope, ambition, verve and confidence. Religion in the Modern World draws upon an impressive range of statistical evidence to support its account of the dramatic decline of religion in recent times. Bruce's grand narrative of secularisation is ambitious, well told, involving, andinternally coherent...an excellent textbook for students - far better at stimulating their critical faculties than something more "balanced" and "objective". It will be a valuable exercise to get students to read this powerful restatement of the secularisation thesis alongside the qually strongclaims currently being made for "desecularisation" by soliologists like Berger. - Lind Woodhead. Relion. January 1998.