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Secular Steeples: Popular Culture and the Religious by Conrad Ostwalt

By Conrad Ostwalt

During this provocative quantity, Conrad Ostwalt contends that secularization has no longer and won't ruin faith, yet fairly that it shifts the "authority" to precise spiritual beliefs from the conventional, institutional church to different cultural entities, resembling govt and media. spiritual associations already use renowned secular media like tv, videos, and mass-market tune to make teachings suitable. while spiritual associations not dominate tradition, they lose their grip on striving for the Sacred, the writer says, and their messages locate different shops. hence, brand new secular tradition may possibly in truth comprise extra real non secular content material than legit church teachings.

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See Bernard Eugene Meland, The Realities oj Faith: The Revolution in Cultural Forms (New York: Oxford University Press, 1962), preface. 83. Drane, The Possibility of God, 87-89. 84. Stark and Bainbridge, The Future of Religion, 430—4. 85. , 432-33. 86. Wagar, "Introduction," 8. 87. See Meland, The Secularization of Modern Cultures, 35; Smart, Beyond Ideology, 209-11. 88. Phyllis H. Stock, "Proudhon and Morale Independante: A Variation of French Secular Morality," in Wagar, The Secular Mind, 102ff.

Wald, Religion and Politics in the United States (NewYork: St. Martins, 1986), 9. 98. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, ed. Harvey C. Mansfield and Delba Winthrop (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000). 99. See Hulsether, "Interpreting the 'Popular' in Popular Religion," 127. See also Paul Boyer, When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992), 2—3, 13—15; and George Gallup Jr. and Jim Castelli, The People's Religion: American Faith in the 90s (New York: Macmillan, 1989).

P. Dutton, 1975), 11. 74. See Wagar, "Introduction," 6. 75. , 5. See also p. 12. 76. David Nash, Secular ism, Art and Freedom (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1992), 8-27. 77. Carter, The Culture of'Disbelief] 7. 78. Ibid. 38 SECULAR STEEPLES 79. Meland, Secularization of Modern Cultures, 15, 58fF. See also Arnold Toynbee, An Historian's Approach to Religion (New York: Oxford University Press, 1956). 80. Wagar, "Introduction," 9. See also Pratt, Religion and Secularization, 11-20. 81. Pratt, Religion and Secularization, 13.

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