The Decline of Religion – Q & A with Steve Bruce

Friday, 30 Aug 2013

"religious diversity only weakens commitment when it is underpinned by an essentially egalitarian ethos that puts a high premium on personal liberty."
Modern Reformation recently asked Steve Bruce, University of Aberdeen sociologist and leading international authority on secularization, to discuss some of the major issues he raises in his important book Secularization: In Defence of an Unfashionable Theory (Oxford University Press, 2013). What is the "Secularization Paradigm" and why has it come under fire in recent decades? The Secularization Paradigm (SP) is often taken to be the prediction that, with the passage of time, religion will die out. This is wrong. I take the SP to be an attempt to explain the changes ...

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