The Challenge of Secularism

The Challenge of Secularism    (Developments in Christian Thought 6a)

  1. How would you define secularism?
  2. Who said “Christianity is a pale shadow of its former self”
  3. What is the Secularisation Thesis? Disappearance & Differentiation?
  4. Jose Cassanova states that there are three trends that can be seen in relation to Secularisation. What are they?
  5. What evidence do we have for these three strands?
  6. Who are the “New Atheists”? What are their views?
  7. How would Linda Woodhead respond to their views?
  8. What did Shmuel Eisenstadt state about the modern world?
  9. What did Peter Berger state about the relationship between religion and modernity?
  10. What did Freud mean by stating that religion is ‘Wish fulfillment’?
  11. Give two strengths of Freud’s view on this.
  12. Give two weaknesses of Freud’s view on this?
  13. What are Richard Dawkins’ main views on religion?
  14. Give two strengths of his views.
  15. Give two weaknesses of his views.
  16. What did Jo Marchant argue about religion?
  17. What is the French view on Secularism? How is this often expressed in society?
  18. What happened in the case of Nadia Eweida?
  19. What happened in the case of Asher’s Bakery?
  20. Give two arguments to show that faith schools are a good thing.
  21. Give two arguments to show that faith schools are a bad thing.
  22. What evidence is there that the Church and State are not separate in the UK?
  23. Why might some argue that the Secularisation Thesis has failed? Which type of Secularisation Thesis?
  24. What metaphor did David Ford give in relation to the movement from religious life to secular life?
  25. Is atheism always good? What atheistic ideologies could you use here?
  26. Why might someone argue that spiritual values are just human values?
  27. Why might someone argue that spiritual values are not just human values?
  28. What opportunities might come for Christianity as a result of secularization/secularism?
  29. What evidence is there that Christianity does contribute to UK culture?
  30. Why might someone argue that it shouldn’t contribute?
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