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I. Religious Studies

In the 1960s, religious studies began to discuss the continuing decline of religious commitment in Europe intensively. In particular the writings of Bryan Wilson (Religion in a Secular Society, 1966) and Peter L. Berger (The Sacred Canopy, 1967), drawing on the ideas of M. Weber, É. Durkheim, and others led to formulation of a so-called theory of secularization, where secularization denotes a natural aspect of the p…

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Bergunder, Michael, Lehmann, Hartmut, Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, Mathisen, James A., de Wall, Heinrich, Petzoldt, Matthias, Gräb, Wilhelm, Imorde, Joseph and Wielandt, Rotraud, “Secularization”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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