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Arguments for Secularisation (AQA A2
Sociology)

Definitions
Secularisation is the process in which religious institutions, actions
and practises loose their significance in contemporary society
(Wilson)

Religious Thinking Refers to whether people's perceptions include
notions about God, heaven & hell, god & evil etc.
Religious Practise Refers to whether people are…

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­ Rising divorce rates, increasing cohabitation, serial monogamy
suggests that religion (as a moral guide) could be less
significant
Note Do we need religion for morals, or do we have Free Will?
Note What about other modern methods of access to religious practise
such as GOD Channels, Websites, practising at…

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­ Wilson argues that industrialisation has fragmented religion,
and this has led to wider expression of faith in people's lives.
­ Migration has also led to a wider acceptance of other faiths.


Fragmentation of Belief
­ There is no longer one set of beliefs that other people share.
­ As…

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­ People want to celebrate their life events as a right of passage,
rather than along religious lines.
Note: Despite this, lift any celebrity magazine and there's photos of
celebrity weddings that do follow religious themes...



Disneyfication of Beliefs
­ Lyon (2000) argues that belief has become very
commercialised and…

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