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Author Bruce, Steve, 1954- author

Title Secularization : in defence of an unfashionable theory / Steve Bruce
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 243 pages) : illustration
Contents Describing secularization -- Explaining secularization -- Clarifying secularization -- Religion outside the churches -- Contemporary spirituality -- Superstition -- The supply-side alternative -- Unexceptional America -- Secularization elsewhere -- Will conflict reverse secularization?
Summary 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 secularization paradigm of the extent to which new religious movements or New Age spiritualities are replacing religion
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 224-235) and index
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Subject Religion and sociology.
Secularization (Theology)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191612170 (electronic bk.)
0191612189 (EBL electronic bk.)
9780191612176 (electronic bk.)
9780191612183 (EBL electronic bk.)