The Future of Christianity: Reflections on Violence and Democracy, Religion and Secularization

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - Social Science - 230 pages
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This text offers a mature assessment of themes preoccupying David Martin over some 50 years, complementing his book 'On secularization'. Martin deploys secularization as an omnibus world bringing many dimensions into play.
 

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Contents

Christianity and the World the Religious and the Secular
3
Secularization and the Future of Catholicism and Protestantism
25
Master Narratives and the Future of Christianity
45
Transnational Voluntarism in the Global Religious
63
Has Secularization gone into Reverse?
85
Religious Responses to Modes of Secularism
105
Science and Secularization
119
An Eastern European Pattern of Secularization?
135
The Worlds Most Secular Society
149
The Religious and the Political
167
Christianity Violence and Democracy
179
Protestantism and Democracy
195
A Review of Religion
207
Name Index
221
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David Martin is the great pioneer of a political sociology of religion. His historical erudition and global perspective, his healthy scepticism regarding premature generalizations and his sharp tongue make this collection of his recent essays a goldmine of insight and a pleasurable reading. Hans Joas, Director of the Max Weber Centre. University of Erfurt, and University of Chicago, USA

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