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SecularizationIn Defence of an Unfashionable Theory$
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Steve Bruce

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654123

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199654123.001.0001

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Clarifying Secularization

Clarifying Secularization

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Steve Bruce

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the criticism that the secularisation paradigm for explaining the decline of religion in the West overlooks important signs of religious interest outside the churches. It also considers other less far-reaching challenges and uses those criticisms to clarify what is entailed by the secularisation paradigm. These criticisms include the notion that the decline of religion was inevitable, along with arguments related to partisanship, teleology, and politics versus sociology. The chapter also discusses social historian Callum Brown's explanation of the abrupt decline of Christian churches in Britain from the late 1950s, the generational roots of church decline, and the effect of World War II.

Keywords:   secularisation, religion, West, churches, teleology, politics, sociology, Callum Brown, Britain, World War II

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