SOC 367 Secularization - Secularization - Who Are You...

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What is Secularization? Are we becoming a more secular society? Is religion declining in society? What are the current trends? Introduction questions The Secularization Debate is as old as social science. s Durkheim, Weber, Berger, and Marx predicted that science and reason would replace religion. s Pluralism will lead to the decline of religious groups. s Becomes more interested in this world and not the supernatural r Culminated by society absorbed with the here and now r Conformity with this world Religion becomes more private r No place in the public realm r Disengagement of society from religion Institutional arrangements once though to be divine are now seen as human creations r Society takes over all functions of religion r Transposition of religious belief and institutions World and man become objects of rational causal explanation r Mystery would not play a part r Desacralization of the world All decisions are based on rational utilitarian considerations
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course SOC 367 taught by Professor Krismorgan during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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