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The steeple's shadow : on the myths and realities of secularization

Author: David Lyon
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans, 1987, ©1985.
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In The Steeple's Shadow, David Lyon argues that there is a fundamental fault in the sociology which predicts an inevitable withering away of the Church's influence in people's lives. He surveys the debate and shows that although secularization is an interesting concept for understanding the apparent decline and isolation of churches in the West, it is misleading to assume that religion itself is dying. Lyon  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lyon, David, 1948-
Steeple's shadow.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans, 1987, ©1985
(OCoLC)761147441
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Lyon
ISBN: 0802802613 9780802802613
OCLC Number: 15195135
Description: x, 165 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Measuring the steeple's shadow --
From sacred canopy to iron cage --
The secularization story --
The varieties of secular experience --
Unsecular society --
Social citadels of hope --
Secularization: a crisis for Christianity? --
Secularization and beyond: the aftermyth.
Responsibility: David Lyon.

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In The Steeple's Shadow, David Lyon argues that there is a fundamental fault in the sociology which predicts an inevitable withering away of the Church's influence in people's lives. He surveys the debate and shows that although secularization is an interesting concept for understanding the apparent decline and isolation of churches in the West, it is misleading to assume that religion itself is dying. Lyon distinguishes between the myths and realities of the process of secularization and shows that by developing a clear picture of the social world, Christians can understand both its challenges and its opportunities, and can determine for themselves what the place of religion should be in today's world. --From publisher's description.

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