God Is Dead Secularization in the West

ISBN-10: 0631232753
ISBN-13: 9780631232759
Edition: 2002
Authors: Steve Bruce
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Description: In this defence of the secularization paradigm, Bruce elaborates just what Weber, Durkheim, Berger and Wilson thought was happening to religion in the West, and responds to critics of this concept.

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Book details

List price: $60.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/29/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In this defence of the secularization paradigm, Bruce elaborates just what Weber, Durkheim, Berger and Wilson thought was happening to religion in the West, and responds to critics of this concept.

Figures
Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
The Secularization Paradigm
Introduction
The paradigm
Counter-tendencies
What the paradigm does not assert
Conclusion
The Golden Age of Faith
Introduction
The critics
What historians show: Institutional religion
What historians show: Supernaturalism
Conclusion
God is Dead: Christianity in Britain
Introduction
Stark theory
The world we have lost
Religion in Britain 1851-2000
Conclusion
The Failure of the New Age
Introduction
Cultic religion
The extent of the New Age
The nature of the New Age
The appeal of the New Age
The precariousness of diffuse beliefs
Conclusion
Science and Secularization
Introduction
The paradox
The resolution
Conclusion
The Easternization of the West
Introduction
Eastern themes
Explaining the changes
Adapting the East
Romanticizing the underdog
Buddhist by default
Conclusion
Regression to the Mean
Introduction
Vignettes
The moral
Subsistence Religion
Introduction
The defects of state churches
The supply-side explanation of inactivity
The religion in question
Social development
The Men
Conclusion
The Charismatic Movement and Secularization
Introduction
Renewal and restoration
The scale of the movement
Trajectory
The nature of the movement
Denominationalism
Conclusion
Discovering Religion: Mistakes of Method
Introduction
Questions and answers
Contentious cut-offs
Imperialistic interpretation
Implied trajectories
The bias of the starting assumption
Evasion and collusion
Discovery by definition
Conclusion
Religion in the United States
Introduction
Patterns of church adherence
Changes in the nature of US religion
The constraints on fundamentalism
Why the USA is different
Conclusion
Postmodernism and Religious Revival
Introduction
Postmodernism
The return of the gods?
Choice and belief
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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