Review of 'Religion in the Modern World
From Cathedrals to Cults' by Steve Bruce

By Vexen Crabtree 2003 Jul 06

Book CoverOxford University Press 1996. Quotes from this book across my web sites are from paperback edition of the same year.

"Religion in the Modern World" is a comprehensive look at most areas of religion in the West since the 16th century. It looks at large scale organized religion, denominations, sects, cults and the new age and gives a comprehensive sociological breakdown.


p3
Reformation led to fundamentalism
  • Referenced on The Causes of Fundamentalism, Intolerance and Extremism in World Religions, and Some Solutions


    p22
    Fundamentalism causes schism
  • Referenced on The Causes of Fundamentalism, Intolerance and Extremism in World Religions, and Some Solutions


    p32
    Numbers of baptisms taking place in the Church of England has declined from a peak of 71% in 1927 to 27% in 1993
  • Results printed onReligion in the United Kingdom: Diversity, Trends and Decline


    p41
    Charities are frequently secular, even those directly ran by Churches!
  • Referenced on Charity


    p41
    Faith-schools are better due to the selection process, and the staff are generally secular anyway! The actual faith-factor is irrelevant to quality of teaching
  • Discussed on "Faith Schools, Sectarian Education and Segregation: Divisive Religious Behavior" by Vexen Crabtree (2010)


    p46
    Multiculturalism leads to doubt & extreme believers & fundamentalism:
  • Referenced on The Causes of Fundamentalism, Intolerance and Extremism in World Religions, and Some Solutions


    p56-58
    Responses to those who claim there is no decline in interest in religious beliefs.
  • Used on Stats: No decline in religious beliefs?


    p130-131
    Public tend to exaggerate the number of times they attend religious events, the actual attendance is generally half of the level of self-disclosure.
  • Referenced on Religious Stats: Self-Disclosure [Click to read more on this]


    p163
    Trend: Fundie groups become more liberal over time.
  • Referenced on The Causes of Fundamentalism, Intolerance and Extremism in World Religions, and Some Solutions


    p165
    Causes/uniqueness of USA religion is ethnic identity and multiculturalism:
  • Referenced on The Causes of Fundamentalism, Intolerance and Extremism in World Religions, and Some Solutions
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