Secularization: In Defence of an Unfashionable Theory

Paperback | January 14, 2013

bySteve Bruce

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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

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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 a...

Steve Bruce is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:January 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199654123

ISBN - 13:9780199654123

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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?

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"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