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The Death of Christian Britain: Understanding Secularisation, 1800-2000… (edition 2009)
by Callum G. Brown (Author)
The Death of Christian Britain: Understanding Secularisation, 1800-2000 by Callum G. Brown
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0415241847, Paperback)The Church of England is dying, says Callum Brown, in The Death of Christian Britain. So, what's new? The difference, according to the Scottish historian, is in how long it's taken to reach the point of no return. Secularization theory, which emerged with the social sciences in the 19th century, was obsessed with the numbers of people not attending church. As the Industrial Revolution spread, Christians seized upon these numbers to illustrate how godforsaken our cities were becoming. Yet Brown argues this "authorized version" is mistaken. According to him, secularization began when the Beatles were releasing their first single in 1962. Instead of counting heads, he draws on anecdotal and cultural references to argue that Christianity was alive and well until the Swinging '60s. It just wasn't going to church....
He sheds fascinating (and sympathetic) light on the history of conversion, social action, and the church's public role in the nation. And his use of gender theory in the study of religion could be revolutionary. This may be a textbook, but it engages the mind and the soul. Sociologists and Christians in particular will be challenged to think harder. For "the Britain of the new millennium is showing the world how religion as we have known it can die." This is bound to unnerve Christians. Many might even take issue with the title, and refuse to read on. But to do so would be folly: a week spent immersed in Brown's book could reap substantially more fruit than a series of revival meetings. --Brian Draper, Amazon.co.uk
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