transformation of a society from close identification with religious values and institutions toward nonreligious values

Secularization means religion gets less important in modern societies. As the society goes through modernization, all the religious values and institutions decline.[1]

The 1960s saw a trend toward secularization in Western Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. At the same time these things happened: economic prosperity, youth rebelling against the rules and conventions of society, women's liberation, radical theology, and radical politics.[2]

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  1. "The secularization debate", chapter 1 (pp. 3-32) in Norris, Pippa & Inglehart, Ronald 2004. Sacred and Secular: religion and politics worldwide. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-83984-6
  2. Jeffrey Cox, "Secularization and other master narratives of religion in modern Europe." Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte (2001): 24-35.