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 The Thirties to the Fifties: Totalitarianism and the Second American Enlightenment

David Ciepley

in Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America's Iminent Secularization from the Puritans to Postmodernity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195342536
eISBN:
9780199867042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342536.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In the United States, in contrast to continental Europe, science and social reform maintained generally positive relations with organized Christianity into the twentieth century. After World War Two, ... More


Afterword: Religion and the Politics of Identity

Robert Wuthnow

in Rough Country: How Texas Became America's Most Powerful Bible-Belt State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691159898
eISBN:
9781400852116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691159898.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter begins by briefly reviewing the two standard approaches to religion often regarded as the most widely discussed alternative perspectives on the relationship between religion and society: ... More


 From 11/9/1989 to 9/11/2001 and Beyond: The Return of Jeremiad and the Specter of Secularization

Joshua Yates

in Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America's Iminent Secularization from the Puritans to Postmodernity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195342536
eISBN:
9780199867042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342536.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines leading figures and institutions of the Religious Right in the United States and the distinctive narrative form its public and political activism has taken from the fall of the ... More


Introduction: Rethinking the Secularization of American Public Life

Christian Smith

in The Secular Revolution: Power, Interests, and Conflict in the Secularization of American Public Life

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520230002
eISBN:
9780520936706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520230002.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter lays out a theoretical framework for a “secular revolution” approach to macrosocial secularization and examines a set of specific institutions to see how this analytical approach might ... More


Confounded by Faith

Thomas F. Farr

in World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty Is Vital to American National Security

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195179958
eISBN:
9780199869749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179958.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter describes the “avoidance syndrome” that has characterized U.S. diplomacy's failure to engage religion in the international order. It surveys the evidence for what scholars call the ... More


The Secularist Critique: “A Certain Backwardness of Thought”

Thomas Albert Howard

in God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199565511
eISBN:
9780191725654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565511.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter explores three branches of criticism of American life and religiosity articulated from the European Left. The first branch is the early tradition of French social or ‘sociological’ ... More


Sacred Archipelagos: Spaces of Secularization

Justin G. Wilford

in Sacred Subdivisions: The Postsuburban Transformation of American Evangelicalism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814725351
eISBN:
9780814708309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814725351.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter states how the secularization theory may not explain or predict an absolute decline in religiosity. Instead, it is a set of descriptions of how Western societal differentiation and ... More


Pluralism and Secularism

Courtney Bender

in Religion on the Edge: De-centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199938629
eISBN:
9780199980758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938629.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter highlights the shared ground on which contemporary sociological visions of religious pluralism take shape. It argues that current approaches to pluralism developed in response to ... More


Religion as a Political Factor in Latin America: The Peruvian Case

Jorge Aragón Trelles

in Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823267309
eISBN:
9780823272334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Mainstream modernization and secularization theories once predicted a gradual decline in the importance of religion as a factor in people’s political orientations. Evidence has not borne out this ... More


The Religious Situation in the United States 175 Years After Tocqueville

José Casanova

in Crediting God: Sovereignty and Religion in the Age of Global Capitalism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823233199
eISBN:
9780823233212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823233199.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter gives a reading of Tocqueville as the first critic of secularization theory. By this interpretation, the deistic civil religion of the United States leads to ... More


The Insubstantial and the Substantial Seculars: Theories of Secularity and Non-Religion

Lois Lee

in Recognizing the Non-religious: Reimagining the Secular

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780198736844
eISBN:
9780191800436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736844.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Religion and Society

This chapter outlines the theoretical underpinnings of the notions of the secular as insubstantial and as substantial, as well as highlighting theoretical questions that preconceived notions of the ... More


The Celtic Tiger and the new Irish religious market

Catherine Maignant

in From prosperity to austerity: A socio-cultural critique of the Celtic Tiger and its aftermath

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719091674
eISBN:
9781781707197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091674.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

Many assume that the Celtic Tiger was the root cause of the decline of religion as a hegemonic force in Irish society. Careful examination of data does not support this analysis, and this chapter ... More


Introduction

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/9780198801665.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

A new discourse on religion in modern societies has established itself in the social sciences and humanities. Perspectives in the social sciences are no longer dominated by the master narrative that ... More


Religion in Secular Society: Fifty Years On

Bryan R. Wilson

Steve Bruce (ed.)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198788379
eISBN:
9780191830297
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788379.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Religion and Society

Fifty years after its publication, Bryan Wilson’s Religion in Secular Society remains one of the clearest articulations of the modern secularization thesis: the claim that modernization brings with ... More


Introduction: Secular Archives, Religious Trouble?

Sonja Luehrmann

in Religion in Secular Archives: Soviet Atheism and Historical Knowledge

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199943623
eISBN:
9780190255244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199943623.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Historiography

This chapter situates research in Soviet archives within a broader epistemological dilemma that informs recent debates about secularism and the politics of knowledge: if approaches to the study of ... More


Conclusion

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/9780198801665.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Conclusion to Part II recaps the most important outcomes of the study so far which can be summarized as follows: The decline in the significance of the religious is closely connected to the ... More


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