[Epub] ➠ God Is Dead: Secularization in the West (Religion in the Modern World) ➡ Steve Bruce – Thomashillier.co.uk



10 thoughts on “God Is Dead: Secularization in the West (Religion in the Modern World)

  1. says:

    This is a powerful book, and one that seems accurate now than it did even in the decade since it was written the secularization of US on which Bruce devotes the a whole chapter of the book is much clear in 2014 when Protestantism is no longer the majority religion and even evangelicals have seen real declines in church attendance The arguments of Rodney Stark and late Peter L Berger are explicitly and obviously not mapping unto the US reality Decline in belief in post modernism has happened since then as well The excitement about alternative religious movements, who benefited from exposure on the internet in the late 1990s and early 2000s, seem to be declining as wellBruce clarifies a lot about secularization 1 It s not about an explicit increase in atheism, rationality, or science Science literacy is not tied to it Studies by people like Dan Kahan have made this clearer in general there is little relationship between belief in science and non specialist knowledge of science Bruce s paradigm actually a knowledged this 2 The normalization and liberalization of fundamentalist and evangelical sects are not signs of vitality, but concessions to the secular morality The prosperity gospel is a concession to the secular world as much as any cogent theodicy and eschatology A lot of this...


  2. says:

    A well written and profoundly significant study of the process of secularization As secularist ideology becomes deeply ingrained in the modern western psyche, its nature becomes increasingly difficult for us to recognize and examine Many of us tend to think of the process of secularization in positive terms as progress, rarely considering the possibility that it might be clearly identified as a decline into spiritual apathy In this book Steve Bruce shows how this happens, arguing that secularism is not a positive belief system or a set of values, making it distinct from rationality and even from atheism Instead, he argues, it is best understood simply as indifference.One of the most interesting themes drawn out throughout this work is the relationship between conservative churches and liberal denominations The author shows very convincingly how liberal denominations cannot hold up across generations because of their diffuse and pluralistic nature Their appeal is limited to people who were thoroughly socialized i...


  3. says:

    Bruce argues for the secularization thesis less and less people believe in God, and those that do are and tepid in their belief Fundamentalism is a rearguard action, sparked by the increasing indifference that religion encounters He has the figures that back up his story and makes it quite convincingly For my part I d be happy to see the monotheisms fizzle out which in many ways they do seem to be doing, slipping back into s...


  4. says:

    A decent defense of a relatively unpopular idea he did at times fail to mention evidence to the contrary such as the increase in belief in life after death in the US , but on the whole a fair, strong argument.


  5. says:

    Bold, empowering work, big mind wrote it I d say it went off topic, and didn t say focused with the main topic of secularism and the decrease in the popularity of God, but still a decent read.


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