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Fading Faith: The Rise of the Secular Age [Kindle Edition]

James Haught
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FADING FAITH chronicles the decline of religion in modern democracies and predicts that America is traveling this path to secularism. A profound transition is occurring, barely noticed. Slowly, imperceptibly, supernatural religion is shriveling. Pope Benedict XVI laments that ''Europe has developed a culture that, in a manner unknown before now to humanity, excludes God from the public conscience.'' In Denmark and Sweden, fewer than 5 percent of adults are in church on a typical Sunday. Although over half of British children attended Sunday school in 1900, by 2000 the rate was down to 4 percent. In America, despite the superficial success of evangelical groups, surveys since 1990 have shown that the godless fraction of Americans had doubled from one-tenth to one-fifth of the adult population. Around 45 million Americans live apart from churchgoing. A 2012 Gallup poll found that one-third of U.S. adults now say religion is inconsequential to them.


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FADING FAITH chronicles the decline of faith world-wide as well as in America and predicts that America is traveling the same path to secularism that has been traveled by all the other developed nations of the world. A historic transition is occurring, barely noticed. Slowly, imperceptibly, religion is shriveling. Pope Benedict XVI laments that ''Europe has developed a culture that, in a manner unknown before now to humanity, excludes God from the public conscience.'' In Denmark and Sweden, fewer than 5% of adults are in church on a typical Sunday. Although over half of British children attended Sunday school in 1900, by 2000 the rate was down to 4%. In America, despite the superficial success of the noisier religious groups, surveys since 1990 have shown that the godless fraction of Americans had doubled from 1/10th to 1/5th of the adult population. Around 45 million Americans live apart from churchgoing. --Editor, Gustav Broukal Press

About the Author

Editor of the Charleston Gazette (WV) newspaper, James A. Haught has won 20 national news-writing awards and is the author of 9 books. Born in a tiny WV farm town that lacked paved streets and electricity, he graduated from high school in a class of 13 and made his way to the state capital where he became a newspaper man. He is listed in Who's Who in America and Contemporary Authors.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book, Slightly Misleading Advertising January 3, 2012
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On the basis of the comments of the editor at Gustav Broukal Press, listed on this book's webpage at Amazon.com, I bought it expecting to receive a scholarly or at least a semi-scholarly examination of the rise of secularism in American culture. And it is true that the lead and end essays in the book give brief treatments of some aspects of this phenomenon. However, this particular theme only concerns two essays in what is actually a collection of reprints of articles written by the author for such periodicals as Free Inquiry, American Atheist, Secular Humanist Bulletin, and even the Charleston (WV) Gazette, which the author served for many years as editor. Also included are transcripts of one or two talks given by the author to sundry gatherings of the Unitarian Universalist Church (to which he belongs) in Charleston. The only thing the pieces truly have in common are a general pro-freethought slant, rather than the single theme of rising secularism, though I must say it's refreshing to discover an Appalachian Mountain freethinker. Would that I'd've come across his writing years ago; it's sort of ironic that I haven't, since he only lives about a hundred miles from me.

Now that said, not only would I love to see another book from this author concentrating in more specific detail on the rise of secularism, but one more, the subject of which is merely treated all too briefly in one essay entitled "Agog Over Gog and Magog" (pp. 55-57). It concerns a claim made by former President George W. Bush to French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003: that "Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible's satanic agents of the Apocalypse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skewed Facts August 1, 2013
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Too many opinions (personal or otherwise) presented as facts. Not enough depth in research. Doesn't appear to be evenly balanced.
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1.0 out of 5 stars too dry July 4, 2013
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I will start by telling the truth- i couldn't finish this book. I was one set one set of Statistics after another.
The author began in Europe, comparing church attendance figures from the early 1900's to the early 2000's. If the man had been discussing population figures, our friends in Europe would have to own helicopters to visit their nearest neighbors. He spoke of the negative population growth in Italy, a Roman Catholic country. And of a Scandanavian poll that proved secular people were happier than religious people. People in Great Britain still admired Jesus Christ, but they admired Brittany Spears six times as much and Nelson Mandela several dozen times as much.
Then he turned to the mega-churches of the U.S.A.; I consider them more showmanship than soulmanship. STILL with one statistic after another! The most important point he made was that while we in the U.S. have remained more faithful to our churches, our country has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world.
We aren't listening very well.
The other thing that made this book impossible for me to read without getting a headache was the bold print the author used on every word. I tried adjusting print size, but unfortunately I couldn't adjust print thickness.
Yes, I meant to score this book no stars. The bold print is like sitting through a lecture and being screamed at; the constant statistics give you no time to process the information.
Well, I meant to score it no stars, but the computer won't accept the review until it has a star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book June 14, 2014
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I found Haught's book to be quite well written. The points were clearly made and easily understood. Since early childhood I have held many questions about religious teaching and this book rand true for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it July 24, 2013
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Not riveting reading because it is heavily weighted down with statistics, but the book addresses a coming confrontation that many American evangelicals refuse to acknowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book with facts to support it. Great December 6, 2013
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One of the best books I have read. Loaded with facts to support the author's book. I can see transition happening away from religion and all its problems and the author confirms it with his facts. Good read for all. Lessons to the religious right too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and compelling read November 4, 2010
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This is a well-researched book by a talented author. Haught is the editor of the Charleston Gazette in West Virginia. He takes an in-depth look into the way religious faith is slowly fading in the United States, being replaced by secularization. Great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging news for secularists January 18, 2015
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Haught communicates big ideas in very comprehensible and balanced ways. He simply describes things as they really are, without equivocations or apologies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great review of the status of contemporary organised religion and...
A great review of the status of contemporary organised religion and its expected demise as the ultimate outcomes of a scientifically enlightened world materialise
Published 5 months ago by tony egan
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good and informative book!
This is one of the better books about the secularization trend worldwide, and the fact that as people become more knowledgeable in the areas of science and logic, there is an... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mark Abrams
1.0 out of 5 stars Gave up after 49%
I was bored to death and hoped it would get better after I managed to survive the flood of statistics at the beginning of the book.....but it didn't. Read more
Published 16 months ago by BahBah Black Sheep
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener.
I don't love what the book is stating, but I do believe that the subject is true. Christianity is a dying religion, which is not suppose to actually be a religion as much as a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by K. Sutton
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time it took to read it.
This is nothing but a poorly written. half-baked secularist polemic. A complete waste of the time I took to read it. Long on propaganda and opinion; short on facts.
Published 18 months ago by Joe Peeler
1.0 out of 5 stars Written by a loon
Was unable to finish this book because it was so bad. The author should have stuck with the subject and stayed out of politics, because he doesn't have a clue.
Published 20 months ago by Paul Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
With his Dutch Uncle style, the author speaks plainly while offering his editorials of other intellectual takes on this subject. Read more
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