Eurocentrist

Secularization
In Defense of an Unfashionable Theory
Steve Bruce
Oxford University Press, $45, 243 pp.

Is modernity inherently secularizing? Do certain basic features of modern life implacably diminish the plausibility and power of religion? To many in the Catholic Church today, the answer would likely be an anxious yes. Certainly the church over recent centuries has found modernity to be a challenging adversary. Individualism and relativism are rampant in the United States and Europe, and church teachings seem decidedly out of sync with contemporary cultural assumptions. The last European...

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About the Author

Christian Smith, professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of What Is a Person? Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and the Moral Good from the Person Up.