"How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization" By Mary Eberstadt
'While there is plenty of merit in secularization theories that explain the decline of Christianity in Europe and America as a consequence of the Enlightenment, Darwin, and Freud, little attention is afforded to the connection between faith and family.'
The conventional narrative of how the West lost God goes something like this: As people became more educated, as science became more revered, and as people became more materially prosperous, the need for a transcendent being began to wane. Nietzsche was able to declare, "God is dead," because he thought the human race was finally growing up. After all these millennia we were starting to get over "it" (that is, God).
Not so fast, says Mary Eberstadt, senior fellow at the Ethics and Policy Center and author of How the West ...