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Four Volume Set
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September 2010 | 1 624 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Secularization traces the decline of religion and the rise of secular belief systems. But it also touches on the transition from traditional to modern systems of organization, the replacement of metaphysical beliefs with science, the transition from community to association and much more besides. The debate about secularism and secularization has become a central issue in politics, public policy and international affairs. There is a long history of thinking about the religious and the secular, but the modern debate has special features and a great urgency mainly as a result of fears about religious fundamentalism, religious revival, political Islam and religious nationalism.

  • Volume I explores the history and meaning of key terms: secular, secularism, secularity, secularization and laicity. It is primarily concerned with the philosophy and theology of the secular and examines the evolution of the debate from St Augustine's two cities to contemporary writings and is not confined to Christian debate.
  • Volume II deals with the sociology of secularization and contains the classic statements by sociologists such as Max Weber, Georg Simmel, Bryan Wilson, David Martin, and Thomas Luckmann.
  • Volume III considers American exceptionalism. Much the debate in sociology has centered on the question of America's differences from secular Europe. Religion and politics have been significantly interconnected in American history; America is a very special but influential case of secularization.
  • Volume IV involves the comparative sociology of modern religious revivalism and the notion that we are in a post-secular society. The manifestations of religious revival in post-secular societies are truly global. This volume looks at the revival of world religions and popular religions such as spirit possession in the post-communist societies.

Religious Aspects of Modernization in Turkey and Japan

Robert N. Bellah
Civil Religion and Secularization: Ideological revitalization in post-revolutionary communist systems

Timothy W. Luke
Secularization in the Netherlands

Frank J. Lechner
Tranformative Constitutionalism and the Case of Religion: Defending the moderate hegemony of liberalism

Stephen Macedo
Richard Hooker and American Religious Liberty

Wendy Dackson
The Reconstruction of Religious Arenas in the Framework of "Multiple Modernities"

Shmuel N. Eisenstadt
Historicizing the Secularization Debate: Church, state, and society in late medieval and early modern Europe, ca. 1300 to 1700

Philip S. Gorski
The Crisis of Indian Secularism

Sumit Ganguly
A Framework for the Comparative Analysis of Church-State Relations in Europe

John T.S. Madeley
The Enlightenment, Communism, and Political Religion: Reflections on a misleading trajectory

Richard Shorten
Under God but Not the Scarf: The founding myths of religious freedom in the United States and laïcité in France

T. Jeremy Gunn
Contentious Public Religion: Two conceptions of Islam in revolutionary Islam - Ali Shariàti and Abdolkarim Soroush

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi
Hinduism, Christianity and Liberal Religious Tolerance

Jeff Spinner-Halevy
"Religious Nationalism": A textbook case from Turkey

Sam Kaplan

Bryan S. Turner
Religion in Public Space: A theoretical perspective and comparison of Russia, Japan and the United States

James T. Richardson
Secularism and the Public-Private Divide: Europe can learn from Latin America

David Lehmann
Religious Extremism: The good, the bad and the deadly

Laurence R. Iannacone and Eli Berman
Southeast Asia Spirited Politics: Religion and public life in contemporary Southeast Asia

Henry D. Delcore
Religious Nationalism and the Making of the Modern Japanese State

Fumiko Fukase-Indergaard and Michael Indergaard
Towards Eliminating the Concept of Secularization

David Martin
Secularization and Pluralism

Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann
The Concept of Secularization in Empirical Research

Larry Shiner
Pluralism, Religion and Secularism

Milton J. Yinger
The Death of God: An analysis of ideological crisis

Richard K. Fenn
Sociologists and Secularization

Roland Robertson
Aspects of Secularization in the West

Bryan Wilson
Secularization Theories and Sociological Paradigms

Karel Dobbelaere
Toward Desacralizing Secularization Theory

Jeffrey K. Hadden
The Implicit Religion of Contemporary Society: Some studies and reflections

Edward I. Bailey
Religious Deregulation

Roger Finke
Shrinking Transcendence, Expanding Religion?

Thomas Luckmann
The Secularization Issue: Prospect and retrospect

David Martin
Secularization as Declining Religious Authority

Mark Chaves
A Supply-Side Reinterpretation of the "Secularization" of Europe

Rodney Stark and Laurence R. Iannaccone
The Privatization of Religion and Morality

Thomas Luckmann

John Keane
Christianity and the Secular

James Wetzel
Secularization and the Impotence of Individualized Religion

Steve Bruce
Religion in Europe in the 21st Century: The factors to take into account

Grace Davie
Christianity and Modern Industrial Society

Talcott Parsons
Civil Religion in America

Robert N. Bellah
Fundamentalism as an American Phenomenon: A comparison with English evangelicalism

George Marsden
Max Weber on Churches and Sects in North America: An alternative path toward rationalization

Colin Loader and Jeffrey C. Alexander
Modernity and Fundamentalism: The new Christian right in America

Steve Bruce
The Reliability of Historical United States Census Data on Religion

Rodney Stark
What the Polls Don't Show: A closer look at U. S. church attendance

C. Kirk Hadaway, Penny Long Marler and Mark Chaves
Why Strict Churches Are Strong

Laurence R. Iannaccone
Is There a Common American Culture?

Robert N. Bellah
Excepting Exceptionalism: American religion in comparative relief

N. Jay Demerath, III
Religious Pluralism and Religious Participation

Mark Chaves and Philip S. Gorski
The Center Doesn't Hold: Church attendance in the United States

Michael Hout and Andrew M. Greeley
Tracking the Restructuring of American Religion: Religious affiliation and patterns of religious mobility, 1973-1998

Darren E. Sherkat
Fundamentalism as a Class Culture

Thaddeus Coreno
"Being Religious" or "Being Spiritual" in America: A zero-sum proposition?

Penny Long Marler and C. Kirk Hadaway
Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State

Daniel J. McCarthy
Remnants of Romanticism: Max Weber in Oklahoma and Indian territory

Lawrence A. Scaff
Talcott Parsons's Sociology of Religion and the Expressive Revolution: The problem of western individualism

Bryan S. Turner
Atheists as 'Other': Moral boundaries and cultural membership in American society

Penny Edgell, Joseph Gerteis and Douglas Hartmann
Uneven Secularization in the United States and Western Europe

Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart
The Problem of "American Exceptionalism" Revisited

John Torpey
Political Religion: The case of the cultural revolution in China

Jiping Zuo
A Religious Revival in Russia?

Andrew M. Greeley
The Worldwide Rise of Religious Nationalism

Mark Juergensmeyer
Religion and Spirituality: Unfuzzying the fuzzy

Brian J. Zinnbauer et al
Fundamentalism and Globalism

David Lehmann
Is Religious Belief Declining in Britain?

Robin Gill, C. Kirk Hadaway and Penny Long Marler
New Age Spiritualities as Secular Religion: A historian's perspective

Wouter J. Hanegraaff
Problems with the (De)Privatization of Religion

Chris Hann
The Varieties of Sacred Experience: Finding the sacred in a secular grove

N. Jay Demerath, III
Religious Nationalism and the Problem of Collective Representation

Roger Friedland
The Curious Case of the Unnecessary Recantation: Berger and secularization

Steve Bruce
Winds of Change: Religious nationalism in a transformation context

Frans Hoppenbrouwers
Religion in Britain: Neither believing nor belonging

David Voas and Alasdair Crockett
Challenging Secularization Theory: The growth of "new age" spiritualities of life

Paul Heelas
In Search of Certainties: The paradoxes of religiosity in societies of high modernity

Danièle Hervieu-Léger
Religion in the Public Sphere

J rgen Habermas
Bryan Wilson's Contributions to the Study of the New Religious Movements

Eileen Barker
The Future of Religion

Graham Ward
New Wine in Old Wineskins: An appraisal of religious legislation in China and the regulations on religious affairs of 2005

Fuk-Tsang Ying
Spirituality and Popular Religion in Europe

Hubert Knoblauch

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