Religion in Europe at the End of the Second Millennium

Religion in Europe at the End of the Second Millennium : A Sociological Profile

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Most sociologists of religion describe a general decline in religious faith and practice in Europe over the last two centuries. The destruction of the "sacred canopy" by religious pluralism, and the secularizing forces of the Enlightenment, science, industrialization, the influence of Freud and Marx, and urbanization are all felt to have diminished the power of the churches and demystified the human condition. In Andrew Greeley's view, the use of such overarching theories and frameworks do not begin to cope with a wide variety of contrasting and contrary social phenomena. In Religion at the End of the Second Millenium, he engages the complexities of contemporary Europe to show a nuanced picture of religious faith rising, declining, or remaining stable in different countries under differing realities of social and political life.show more

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  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 26mm | 557.93g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765801310
  • 9780765801319

About Andrew M. Greeley

Andrew M. Greeley is a Catholic priest and best-selling novelist. He is professor of social science at the University of Chicago and member of its National Opinion Research Center (NORC). Among his books are Faithful Attraction, The Denominational Society, Unsecular Man, Death and Beyond, and The Church and the Suburbs.show more