There is no social issue more pressing than the secularization of modern culture, and this indispensable narrative of the decline of the church's influence in 19th century Europe helps us to understand much. Certainly we cannot go forward, at least not wisely, if we do not know whence we have come, and whence we have come is what we learn in this erudite history. 266 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
The declining hold of the Church and its doctrines on European society represents a major shift in Western life and thought. Owen Chadwick's acclaimed lectures on the secularisation of the European mind trace this movement in the nineteenth century, identifying and exploring both the social and the intellectual aspects of this momentous change. The rise of technology, the growth of big cities and a cheap press take their place alongside evolutionary science and Marxism in this fascinating analysis of the erosion of the Church's power. Woven into its brilliant discussion are brief but very illuminating studies of familiar major thinkers, including Marx, Darwin, Mill and Comte.