New page! "Definitions of Secularisation Theory". There is not a single definition of Secularisation Theory, so this page looks at several.
Intro: Secularisation Theory is the theory in sociology that as society advances in modernity, religion retreats and becomes increasingly hollow. The theory holds that intellectual and scientific developments have undermined the spiritual, supernatural, superstitious and paranormal ideas on which religion relies for its legitimacy, and, the the differentiation of modern life into different compartments of work, society, education, home-time have relegated religion to merely one part of life, rather than an all-pervading narrative. As this continues, religion becomes more and more shallow, surviving for a while on empty until loss of active membership forces it into obscurity - although most theorists only hold this happens for public religion, not private spirituality.