The book is not only richly theoretical but also empirical. Hundreds of scientific studies are cited, and new statistical analyses enhance its core arguments. What emerges is an integrative and illuminating theory of secularization. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Back cover copy This book proposes a comprehensive theory of the loss of religion in human societies, with a specific and substantive focus on the contemporary United States.
Table of contents 1. The Secular Landscape2. Religion Explained3.
Nearly as striking is the growing societal acceptance of interracial dating see Part Five, pp. The decline in anti-homosexual attitudes has occurred at roughly the same rate among traditionally conservative white evangelical Protestants as among more liberal religious groups and seculars. Still, moralistic interpretations of the AIDS disease have dropped among all groups about equally.
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As with attitudes about race, views on homosexuality have a strong generational component, with younger generations much less negative toward gays. Half of Americans support the idea that books containing dangerous ideas should be banned from public school libraries, but there has been no change in this view between and now.
While abortion is a significantly more divisive issue today than was the case in , most of the partisan and religious divisions were firmly in place a decade ago, and have changed little since. Partisan divisions over abortion became much more prominent in the early s, and remain substantial today. And religion remains a major dividing line in views on this issue, with most white evangelical Protestants supporting laws that would make it more difficult for a woman to have an abortion, and most white mainline Protestants opposed to such changes.
A small gender gap over the abortion issue in has gradually disappeared, as support for stricter abortion laws among women has fallen by eight points women used to be somewhat more conservative than men on this issue. The change among women has occurred primarily among older groups.
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