Two Books on Secularism

Studies of secularism and “post-secularism” are popular these days in law and religion.  Here are two new books dealing in very different ways with these subjects.

First, Secularism and Freedom of Conscience (HUP), by Joselyn Maclure and Charles Taylor, dealing with the complex case of Quebec and making an argument for a particular understanding of secularism.



Second, Secularization: In Defense of an Unfashionable Theory (OUP), by the sociologist Steve Bruce (Aberdeen).  From what appears, this is an attempt to resuscitate the world secularization thesis of the late 19th and early 20th century, using various quantitative and qualitative methods.  — MOD