Secularization: In Defence of an Unfashionable Theory by Steve BruceSecularization: In Defence of an Unfashionable Theory by Steve Bruce

Secularization: In Defence of an Unfashionable Theory

bySteve Bruce

Paperback | January 14, 2013

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The decline in power, popularity and prestige of religion across the modern world is not a short-term or localized trend nor is it an accident. It is a consequence of subtle but powerful features of modernization. Renowned sociologist, Steve Bruce, elaborates the secularization paradigm and defends it against a wide variety of recent attempts at rebuttal and refutation. Using the best available statistical and qualitative evidence Bruce considers the implications for the
Steve Bruce is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen.
Title:Secularization: In Defence of an Unfashionable TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:January 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199654123

ISBN - 13:9780199654123


Table of Contents

1. Describing Secularization2. Explaining Secularization3. Clarifying Secularization4. Religion Outside the Churches5. Contemporary Spirituality6. Superstition7. The Supply-side Alternative8. Unexceptional America9. Secularization Elsewhere10. Will Conflict Reverse Secularization?

Editorial Reviews

"hard-hitting but clear and sometimes witty... a useful critique... It is a book which will help some people to face the facts about the decline of religion in the West more honestly." --Graham Gould, Journal of Theological Studies