Secularization Thesis

means

A historical process in which religion is losing a presumed central place in society, perhaps as an unavoidable consequence of modernization, through institutional differentiation, changing patterns of legitimation and authority, rationalization, privatization, and individuation. It implies a unilinear historical development positing an inevitable decline of religion and /or religiosity.

Secularization thesis, vocabulary
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