Dec 12, 2011

"Some critics of the secularization paradigm misrepresent it by elevating science to a central position .... A zero-sun notion of knowledge, with rational thought and science conquering territory from superstition, was carried into early sociology by Aguste Comte and Karl Marx among others, but is not part of the modern secularization paradigm. We recognize that modern people are quite capable of believing nonsense and hence that the decreasing plausibility of any body of ideas cannot be explained by the presence of some (to us) more plausible ones. The crucial connections are more subtle and complex than those implied in a science-versus-religion battle and rest on nebulous consequences of assumptions about the orderliness of the world and our mastery over it."
-- Steve Bruce, Secularization