McAndrews argues that Catholic engagement with American presidents and politics challenges the conventional narrative of an increasing secularization
of the political arena during the 1960s and 1970s.
My intention in this article is to contribute to the history of Catholic approaches to secularization
and to suggest that the theological lens of idolatry can be a productive way to approach secularization
generally and economy more particularly.
Whichever approach we use -- statistical, historical, comparative, sociological -- the secularization
narrative falls apart.
In his introduction Cummings appears to waver between the position that secularization
never happened and the idea that, while it happened, it is a more complicated process than has been allowed; accordingly, he seems to offer his partial history of the self alternately as an anti-secularization
story and as a more complex and adequate reshaping of secularization
With August Comte in the lead, all the important thinkers of the 19th century who have dealt with the issue of religion (such as Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber) firmly believed that secularization
would be an inevitable consequence of modernization.
Presenting a gendered model of secularization
, Brown (religious and cultural history, University of Dundee) examines the secularization
of society as a demographic revolution in four English-speaking countries.
Throughout Western history, the processes of secularization
were linked to the legacy of the Enlightenment heritage and went hand in hand with liberalization and democratization.
In the sociological section, secularization
theories provide one way to interpret declining Christian affiliation in Europe and growth in the Global South through indigenization processes, which provide the background theme present throughout all the chapters.
Summary: Pope Benedict XVI appointed Boulos Matar, the Maronite bishop of Beirut, Wednesday to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, a department aimed at countering growing secularization
This book marks an important stage in the necessary work of examining how the outpouring of gothic texts contributed to the process of secularization
over the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Discussions of secularization
tend to diverge between two branches.
Over the last centuries, proponents of secularization
have claimed that as societies modernize, the role of religion in public and private life diminishes.