Europe After Secularization

In Western Europe, politics and the media are still dominated by the liberal mentality that prevailed among European intellectual elites for most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and gave rise to various versions of the "theory of secularisation."

Some of those theories assumed, in the light of the changing role of the major Christian churches in certain European countries, the gradual decline or even rapid extinction of religion throughout the world. Others did not go that far, and simply maintained that religion had shifted out of the public into the private sphere. Either way, the assumption was that the process was irreversible.

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