Explanations of secularisation 2

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Religous diversity

Berger argues that another cause of secularisation is the trend towards religous diversity

  • In the middle ages, the catholic church held an absolute monopoly and has no challengers
  • Since the 16th century Protestant Reformation, the number and variety of religous organisations has grown, each with a different version of the truth
  • Berger argues that this religous diversity undermines religions 'plausibility structure' its believability. Alternative versions of religion enable people to question all of them ans this erodes the absolute certainties of traditional religion.

Bruce sees the trend towards religious diversity as the most important cause of secularisation., beacuse it is difficult to live…


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