Unit 3: Secularization- The Secularization Debate

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Wilson: "The process whereby religious thinking, practice and institutions lose their social significance."

^ Accepted definition of secularization as it is seen as the most useful.

Comte: History passed through three stages. Each stage is characterised by a different set of intellectual beliefs.

1) Theological stage: Religious beliefs and superstitious ideas are dominant.

2) Metaphysical stage: Philosophical ideas becomes increasingly more important.

3) Positive stage: Scientific ideas and knowledge have dominance

- Scientific ideas explain: the world, dominate human thinking and account for human behaviour.

Comte predicted the process of secularization- religious ideas would have less of a role.



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