Yes, there is obviously much truth in this kind of view. But my point is that it is increasingly problematised, and for good reasons.Indrajala wrote:Well, I'd say in most western societies there is a strong emphasis on secular values and secular government (i.e., separation of church and state). I'm well aware this isn't the case everywhere, but increasingly older organized religions are being held in contempt (like the Catholic church) while people look to "spirituality" in some form or another (yoga, astrology, "Buddhism as a way of life", etc).tobes wrote:Indrajala, I think you far overplay secularism in contemporary western societies. It's a very common tacit assumption that 'the west' is increasingly secular, materialist, scientific etc.
Even on the level of governmental politics, we have to account for the very influential rise of religious influenced conservationism - think about American politics for a moment! We cannot say that American governmental politics is becoming increasingly secular. If anything, it seems to be becoming increasingly less secular.
In my own country, of the last three prime-ministers, two have been overtly and explicitly influenced by theological considerations. Without judging whether this is good or bad, it is quite simply, a fact of the matter. And Australia, of all places, has been very much a secular kind of society.
Beyond that squarely governmental level, we need to account for the incredible rise of pentecostal churches etc. Even Buddhism in the west is far more organised and institutional than it was 30-40 years ago.
You might also consider the agenda of the new atheist movement - people like Dawkins, Hitchins etc. Why are they so aggressively promoting western scientific rationalism against religion? Is it because they consider the battle well and truly won? Obviously not. And probably the most influential German social theorist is dialoguing with the pope on this matter: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=ERz ... pe&f=false
So check this thesis:
http://disgorgedintotalrecall.tumblr.co ... dern-world