Secularisation in the Christian Worldby Callum G. Brown, Michael Snape
Pub. Date: 05/01/2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
The power of modernity to secularise has been a foundational idea of the western world. Both social science and church history understood that the Christian religion from 1750 was deeply vulnerable to industrial urbanisation and the Enlightenment. But as evidence mounts that countries of the European world experienced secularising forces in different ways at
The power of modernity to secularise has been a foundational idea of the western world. Both social science and church history understood that the Christian religion from 1750 was deeply vulnerable to industrial urbanisation and the Enlightenment. But as evidence mounts that countries of the European world experienced secularising forces in different ways at different periods, the timing and causes of de-Christianisation are now widely seen as far from straightforward. Secularisation in the Christian World brings together leading scholars in the social history of religion and the sociology of religion to explore what we know about the decline of organised Christianity in Britain, Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. The chapters tackle different strands, themes, comparisons and territories to demonstrate the diversity of approach, thinking and evidence that has emerged in the last 30 years of scholarship into the religious past and present. The volume includes both new research and essays of theoretical reflection by the most eminent academics. It highlights historians and sociologists in both agreement and dispute. With contributors from eight countries, the volume also brings together many nations for the first consolidated international consideration of recent themes in de-Christianisation. With church historians and cultural historians, and religious sociologists and sociologists of the godless society, this book provides a state-of-the-art guide to secularisation studies.
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Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: conceptualising secularisation 1974-2010: the influence of Hugh McLeod, Callum G. Brown and Michael Snape; Towards eliminating the concept of secularisation; a progress report, Jeffrey Cox; Implicit understandings of religion in sociological study and in the work of Hugh McLeod, Linda Woodhead; Protestant migrations: narratives of the rise and decline of religion in the North Atlantic world , c.1650-1950, David Hempton; Protestantism, monarchy and the defence of Christian Britain 1837-2005, John Wolffe; Australia: towards secularisation and one step back, David Hilliard; Secularisation or resacralisation? The Canadian case, 1760-2000, Nancy Christie and Michael Gauvreau; A classic case of de-Christianisation? Religious change in Scandinavia c.1750-2000, Erik Sidenvall; War, religion and revival: the United States, British and Canadian armies during the Second World War, Michael Snape; Women and religion in Britain: the autobiographical view of the 50s and 60s, Callum G. Brown; The strange death of Dutch Christianity, Peter van Rooden; Europe in the age of secularisation, Lucian Hölscher; Secularisation in the UK and USA, Steve Bruce; Thinking broadly and thinking deeply: 2 examples of the study of religion in the modern world, Grace Davie; Index.
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