A New Theory of Secularization
In How the West Really Lost God, Mary Eberstadt takes issue with the standard explanation for the decline of the family. The conventional explanation is that the decline in Christianity is responsible for the decline of the family, but Eberstadt argues that, in fact, the reverse may well be true. Drawing on population data, both historical and contemporary, from countries throughout the world, the author shows that family decline actually preceded the loss of faith and then goes on to unpack the unsettling cultural implications of this phenomenon.
"A brilliant contribution to the really big question about the future of the West, and a pleasure to read." --Rodney Stark, author of "The Rise of Christianity"
"Mary Eberstadt is one of the most acute and creative social observers of our time. She is not afraid to challenge received wisdom and her insights are always well worth pondering." --Francis Fukuyama, author of "The End of History and the Last Man"
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