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God is Dead

Secularization in the West

«'Steve Bruce's book has all the hallmarks of his work: clarity, verve, graphic illustration and common sense. The argument is Bruce's cumulative statement of the secularization theme, bringing the various elements together in an impressive synthesis, as well as building in counter-arguments, such as those to do with the role of religion in ethnic solidarity. Within its own terms and specific context – western liberal democracies, and especially Europe – it is difficult to refute.'
--David Martin, London School of Economics

"Bruce's book is a compelling, vigorous and scrupulously fair defense of what the secularization paradigm means and does not mean. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

"The sooner churches face up to Bruce's thesis, the better." (Ministry Today)

"Readable, debatable, and full of important insights on everything from the failure of New Age religions to a cautious defense of the golden age of religion thesis, it is a book that all libraries should own. No serious (or even casual) student of religion can afford to neglect it." (Choice)

"...the pace and style of Bruce's narrative, the crispness and clarity of his argument, and his frequent digs at aspects of the contemporary mood...make God is Dead a truly entertaining and enlightening book."
--Michael Rosie (British Sociological Association Network Magazine)

"Readable, debatable, and full of important insights on everything from the failure of New Age religions to a cautious defense of the golden age of religion thesis, it is a book that all libraries should own. No serious (or even casual) student of religion can afford to neglect it." (Choice)

"This book is exactly what the back cover claims: a robust defense of the secularization thesis...The writing and the presentation are both concise and clear, offering a resource that students will cherish." (Theology)

"[T]his volume is a welcome resource for teachers/scholars interested in current theoretical disputes in the sociology of religion as well as students of the religious change in particular cultures of the West." (Religious Studies Review)

"[T]he pace and style of Bruce's narrative, the crispness and clarity of his argument, and his frequent digs at aspects of the contemporary mood...make God is Dead a truly entertaining and enlightening book." (BSA Network)

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Drawing on an international range of examples, Steve Bruce offers a comprehensive and up-to-date defence of the secularisation debate. Les mer

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Drawing on an international range of examples, Steve Bruce offers a comprehensive and up-to-date defence of the secularisation debate.

Detaljer

Forlag
Wiley-Blackwell
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
288
ISBN
9780631232759
Utgivelsesår
2002
Format
23 x 15 cm

Om forfatteren


Steve Bruce is the Professor of Sociology and Head of Department of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He has also held visiting posts at the universities of Virginia and Edinburgh. He is one of the world's leading sociologists of religion and has recently been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.
Professor Bruce has published 13 books and over 90 articles. The following are his most recent books: Pray TV: Televangelism in America (1990), Religion in Modern Britain (1995), Religion in the Modern World (1996), Conservative Protestant Politics (1998), Sociology: A Very Short Introduction (1999), Choice and Religion (1999), Fundamentalism (Polity, 2001), and Politics and Religion (Polity, 2003).

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«'Steve Bruce's book has all the hallmarks of his work: clarity, verve, graphic illustration and common sense. The argument is Bruce's cumulative statement of the secularization theme, bringing the various elements together in an impressive synthesis, as well as building in counter-arguments, such as those to do with the role of religion in ethnic solidarity. Within its own terms and specific context – western liberal democracies, and especially Europe – it is difficult to refute.'
--David Martin, London School of Economics

"Bruce's book is a compelling, vigorous and scrupulously fair defense of what the secularization paradigm means and does not mean. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

"The sooner churches face up to Bruce's thesis, the better." (Ministry Today)

"Readable, debatable, and full of important insights on everything from the failure of New Age religions to a cautious defense of the golden age of religion thesis, it is a book that all libraries should own. No serious (or even casual) student of religion can afford to neglect it." (Choice)

"...the pace and style of Bruce's narrative, the crispness and clarity of his argument, and his frequent digs at aspects of the contemporary mood...make God is Dead a truly entertaining and enlightening book."
--Michael Rosie (British Sociological Association Network Magazine)

"Readable, debatable, and full of important insights on everything from the failure of New Age religions to a cautious defense of the golden age of religion thesis, it is a book that all libraries should own. No serious (or even casual) student of religion can afford to neglect it." (Choice)

"This book is exactly what the back cover claims: a robust defense of the secularization thesis...The writing and the presentation are both concise and clear, offering a resource that students will cherish." (Theology)

"[T]his volume is a welcome resource for teachers/scholars interested in current theoretical disputes in the sociology of religion as well as students of the religious change in particular cultures of the West." (Religious Studies Review)

"[T]he pace and style of Bruce's narrative, the crispness and clarity of his argument, and his frequent digs at aspects of the contemporary mood...make God is Dead a truly entertaining and enlightening book." (BSA Network)

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Medlemmers vurdering

P
Phish – 01.01.2006

– Denne boken er et viktig bidrag i debatten om sekularisering. Dersom man er opptatt av religionens rolle i det moderne samfunn er denne boken et friskt pust, selv om meningene som fremstilles naturligvis kan diskuteres. Det er viktig å ha satt seg inn i debatten før man leser denne boken slik at man har noe å sette den i forhold til, først da vil den komme til sin rett. Steve Bruce er som tittelen tilsier tilhenger av sterke sekulariseringsteorier og mener at religion til slutt vil forsvinne fra verden. Han argumenterer for dette ved å presentere flere case-studier, og prøver her å vise hvordan religion har fått minkende betydning gjennom historien. Dette er en ende av debatten, og man bør derfor lese litteratur som tar for seg motvekten for å få et mer nyansertt bilde.
Selv om jeg selv stiller meg kritisk til mye av det Bruce skriver om i boken, er det interessant å lese en bok som ikke går rundt grøten. En god og interessant bok som alle som er interessert i disse temaene burde får med seg.

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