Secularisation within America

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  • secularisation in America
    • wilson
      • 45% church attendance 1962
      • churchgoing is an expression of America way of life than of religious beliefs
      • religion still exists but has become superficial and socially desirable
    • Bruce
      • secularisation from within
      • psychologised
      • purpose of religion changed from seeking salvation in heaven to personal improvement in this wolrd
    • Hadaway
      • declining church attendence
      • self report 83% higher than researchers estimates
      • studied church attendance in ohio through headcounts and interviews
      • 1972- exaggerated 47% 1996- exaggerated 101%
        • still socially desirable to go to church

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