The Process of Secularization: A Post-Parsonian View

  title={The Process of Secularization: A Post-Parsonian View},
  author={Richard K. Fenn},
  journal={Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion},
  • R. Fenn
  • Published 22 January 1970
  • Sociology
  • Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Parsons' ideal-typical model of society depicts a religiously based moral order which is characterized by congruence within and between the cultural, structural, and personality levels of the social system. In attempting to apply this model to modern societies, however, Parsons encounters certain empirical and logical difficulties which are instructive for an understanding of the process of secularization. These difficulties, like secularization itself, are due to the process of differentiation… 

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