Mormonism and the Secularization of Religions in the Modern World

Secularization of religions in the modern world is one of the most discussed themes among the scholars of sociology, of theology, and of history of religions today. I had the privilege of attending two of the main international discussions of that theme, the “Salzburger Humanismusgesprache” (September 1970) and the International Colloquy on Secularization in Rome (January 1976). The general impression of both colloquies was that of a happy confusion, which is very typical for conferences of learned specialists. But just this impression of happy confusion encourages me to condense the broad variety of contradictory statements into some very few and I hope understandable concepts.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 16:4
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