The Secular Revolution: Power, Interests, and Conflict in the Secularization of American Public Life

Harvey Sarles (Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

The Secular Revolution is an examination of the means by which the university as an institution enabled the secularization of America. From a dominant Protestant establishment in the mid‐1800s, science, psychology, law, journalism, medicine and biology authorized the secular revolution. A rising capitalism, a continuing immigrant population increasing the power of cities, also played important roles in this radical shift. Beyond analysis, the problem of this book is strategic, attempting virtually to undo the secular revolution, and to return America to its rightful scientific, political, and religious form.

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Sarles, H. (2004), "The Secular Revolution: Power, Interests, and Conflict in the Secularization of American Public Life", On the Horizon, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 66-73. https://doi.org/10.1108/10748120410544144

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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