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Religion in the Modern World: From Cathedrals to Cults Paperback – August 8, 1996
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`Steve Bruce, a sociologist with no religious affiliation of his own, has some interesting points to make in his latest book, Religion in the Modern World.' Church of England Newspaper
`Steve Bruce has written a lucid, concise and well informed ... volume ... It is good to find such a robust, well written and compact defence of the secularization thesis ... The author's command of his topic is impressive ... it is good to see such a well written study.' Contemporary Review
`This book belongs to a series committed to providing authoritative introductions to aspects of the social structure of Britain ... written for a generation of students who may be as unfamiliar with the nature of religious differences in Britain as with the tools of sociological enquiry. For the uninitiated it provides a good and reliable introduction.' Church of England Newspaper
`Bruce is always fair to those who present another perspective on contemporary religion. He is just as lucid in dealing with the new religions and the "New Age" ... as in his analysis of the mainstream Churches ... his book is ... something of a tour de force, in which there is scarcely a page which lacks one or another arresting and challenging ideas.' Bryan Wilson, The Tablet
Bruce sets out with admirable clarity both the evidence for and arguments in favour of the secularization thesis ... Bruce's book should be read by all those who want to faimiliarize themselves with this thesis-it's origins developments and conclusions; for a clearer and better written account would be difficult to find. s
`a subtle but swift-moving argument which draws illustrative material from widely diverse contexts ... Although contentious, Bruce is always fair to those who present another perspective on contemporary religion. He is just as lucid in dealing with the new religions and the "New Age" ... as in his analysis of the mainstream Churches ... something of a tour de force, in which there is scarcely a page which lacks one or another arresting and challenging idea.' John Rowe Townsend, The Tablet
enormous scope, ambition, verve and confidence. Religion in the Modern World draws upon an impressive range of statistical evidence to support its account of the dramatic decline of religion in recent times. Bruce's grand narrative of secularisation is ambitious, well told, involving, and internally coherent...an excellent textbook for students - far better at stimulating their critical faculties than something more "balanced" and "objective". It will be a valuable exercise to get students to read this powerful restatement of the secularisation thesis alongside the qually strong claims currently being made for "desecularisation" by soliologists like Berger. - Lind Woodhead. Relion. January 1998.
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The only two complaints I have about the book are -it was not longer, -the endnotes are at the end of each chapter, instead of collected at the end of the book. But that's just my personal preference.
On the whole, it was a good read and a good re-read (the true test of *any* book. I strongly recommend it.