Religion in Secular Society: A Sociological Comment

Religion in Secular Society: A Sociological Comment

Religion in Secular Society: A Sociological Comment

Religion in Secular Society: A Sociological Comment

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Religious thinking, religious practices and religious institutions were once at the very centre of the life of western society, as indeed of all societies. That there were, even in the seventeenth, and certainly in the eighteenth and nineteenth, centuries many unchurched people to whom religious practices and places were alien, and whose religious thinking was a mixture of odd piety, good intentions, rationalizations and superstitions, does not gainsay the dominance of religion. It was entrenched, if not always strictly by law, then by some of the institutions of society, in the customs of the people and by the precept of ruling classes. That there were often countervailing forces, economic or political necessity, which frequently overrode God's will, or churchmen's apprehension of it, does not contradict the fact that religious motives, religious sanctions and religious professionals were all of them socially of very great influence indeed.

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