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Secularization: In Defence of an Unfashionable Theory

Steve Bruce


The decline in power, popularity, and prestige of religion across the modern world is not a short-term or localised trend nor is it an accident. It is a consequence of subtle but powerful features of modernisation. This book elaborates the secularisation paradigm and defends it against a wide variety of recent attempts at rebuttal and refutation. Using the best available statistical and qualitative evidence, the book considers the implications for the role of religion in modern society in the twenty-first century.

Keywords: religion, modernisation, secularisation, modern society, twenty-first century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654123
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199654123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Bruce, author
Professor of Sociology, University of Aberdeen