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 Uneven Secularization in the United States and Western Europe

Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart

in Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195307221
eISBN:
9780199785513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307221.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that secularization is proceeding apace on both sides of the Atlantic — at different speeds and at different levels. It describes systematic and consistent evidence establishing ... More


Religion and Religiosity in the US: A Contrasting Case to Europe?

Detlef Pollack and Gergely Rosta

in Religion and Modernity: An International Comparison

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198801665
eISBN:
9780191840302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198801665.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Although the countries of Western Europe are very similar to the US in terms of their social, political, and economic conditions, they differ greatly when it comes to religion. Chapter 10 discusses ... More


The Secularization Debate

Ronald F. Inglehart

in Religion's Sudden Decline: What's Causing it, and What Comes Next?

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780197547045
eISBN:
9780197547083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197547045.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

Well into the 20th century, leading social thinkers argued that religious beliefs reflected a prescientific worldview that would disappear as scientific rationality spread throughout the world. ... More


What’s Causing Secularization? Insecurity

Ronald F. Inglehart

in Religion's Sudden Decline: What's Causing it, and What Comes Next?

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780197547045
eISBN:
9780197547083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197547045.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

Evolutionary modernization theory holds that both religiosity and pro-fertility norms are linked with existential insecurity, and a massive body of empirical evidence confirms this: secure people and ... More


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