Book Review of Secularization and Its Discontents by Rob Warner

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Excerpt: I must confess that my initial reaction to the prospect of yet another book on theories of secularization was a cynical “just what the field needs.” My preliminary reticence sprang from having read far too many discussions of secularization that stake out combative and polemical positions of an unqualified “yes” or “no” to the questions posed by the storied lineage of social scientific thinking on these matters. Rather than join the fight, Rob Warner gives an overview that deftly and critically reviews the debates over secularization, subjecting extant arguments to both theoretical and empirical scrutiny.