Historicizing the secularization debate : Church, state, and society in late medieval and early modern Europe, ca. 1300 to 1700

  title={Historicizing the secularization debate : Church, state, and society in late medieval and early modern Europe, ca. 1300 to 1700},
  author={Philip S. Gorski},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  • P. Gorski
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology
  • American Sociological Review
In recent years, the sociology of religion has been consumed by a debate over secularization that pits advocates of a new, rational-choice paradigm (the so-called religious economies model) against defenders of classical secularization theory. According to the old paradigm, the Western world has become increasingly secular since the Middle Ages; according to the new paradigm, it has become increasingly religious. I put these two images of religious development to the test through a detailed… Expand

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