'secularization' has been hotly debated since it was first subjected to critical attention in the mid-sixties by David Martin, before he sketched a 'General Theory' in 1969. 'On Secularization' presents David Martin's reassessment of the key issues: with particular regard...
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'secularization' has been hotly debated since it was first subjected to critical attention in the mid-sixties by David Martin, before he sketched a 'General Theory' in 1969. 'On Secularization' presents David Martin's reassessment of the key issues: with particular regard to the special situation of religion in Western Europe, and questions in the global context including Pentecostalism in Latin America and Africa. Concluding with examinations of Pluralism, Christian Language, and Christianity and Politics, this book offers students and other readers of social theory and sociology of religion an invaluable reappraisal of Christianity and Secularization. It represents the most comprehensive sociology of contemporary Christianity, set in historical depth.
D. W. MARTIN spends his days working in book publishing and his nights writing and performing comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. Even though he has won seven Nobel Prizes, he is most proud of being the runner-up Employee of the Month in April 1997. His high school senior class voted him Most Likely to Write a Memo. How true! A
- Contents: Foreword, Charles Taylor; Introduction. Part I Orientations: Sociology, Religion And Secularization; Evangelical Expansion In Global Society. Part Ii Europe: Rival Patterns Of Secularization And Their 'triumphal Ways'; Comparative Secularization North And South; Religion, Secularity, Secularism And European Integration; Canada In Comparative Perspective; The Usa In Central European Perspective. Part Iii Narratives And Metanarratives: Secularization: Master Narrative Or Several Stories?; Pentecostalism: A Major Narrative Of Modernity. Part Iv Commentary: Mission And The Plurality Of Faiths; What Is Christian Language?;the Christian, The Political And The Academic. Index.