Author’s Note: The following is a brief essay written back in 2011 which is only now being made public. It is one of a series of such essays that I have produced examining the causes and results of spiritual belief. It is not meant to be a full-length research paper, but rather an initial overview leading to more in-depth work in the future: please keep this in mind when reading it.
Is the secularization of the world inevitable? Not so long ago, any number of scholars would have been ready to answer “yes” to that proposition. Unfortunately for them, time is a funny thing: it does not always play out as one would expect. The world today seems to be just as religious and perhaps more so than it ever has been. Rather than taking a back seat, the realm of the spiritual is at the center of our great political and sociological debates. Why is this, and does it represent an inevitable urge of humanity or merely the last death throes of a world unwilling to embrace change? Continue reading