Lecture Series (Fall 10): Farewell to Secularization?
The lecture series "Farewell to Secularization?" is organized by the URPP Research Field "Norms and Social Order(s)".
In 1959, the political sociologist C. Wright Mills predicted that religion would lose its inﬂuence in all realms of life except the private, individual one. For a long time, it remained a truism of sociological analysis that religion was losing its erstwhile pre-eminence. But at the outset of the 1990’s, after the impact of the religious revivalist movements in Latin America and Iran’s Islamic Revolution had made itself felt, the secularization paradigm was increasingly put into question. Do we hence have to bid farewell to secularization? We have invited four leading scholars to critically reﬂect upon, and if necessary, come to a revision of, the secularization paradigm.