The secularisation of the west is a marked feature of recent history. Since 1960, the Christian churches have suffered significant decline in their membership, ministry and social influence in many parts of Europe, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. How did this happen?
At the same time, non belief and secularity have grown since the 1960s. The proportion of the people registering as of ‘no religion’ or ‘nones’ has boomed from around 0.5 to 2 per cent in 1960 to between 20 to 37 per cent now. Humanism, atheism, agnosticism and secularism have become important areas of growth, leading to new influence in rituals of marriage and death, and in the development of new laws on things like assisted suicide, gay marriage and religious taxes.
This website hosts discussion on the social and cultural history of humanism and allied secular positions. It is run by Callum Brown, Professor of Late Modern European History at the University of Glasgow in UK. My research in this field is profiled here, with excerpts from my findings, and with discussion of new developments as they happen.