Secularization via Family Disintegration

10 Sep

The old largely but now abandoned “secularization thesis” held that as society and people gain education and affluence, they lose their interest or need for religion.  The thesis has been largely abandoned, even by its original advocates (see Peter Berger), because sociological data don’t support it (folks in the top third or so in terms of education and income are generally the most religious, not the least).  So then, how does secularization  occur, if in fact it has?  Mary Eberstadt’s book has a new answer: family disintegration.  She was interviewed by Al Mohler here:

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