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How the West Really Lost God

How the West Really Lost God

A New Theory of Secularization

by Mary Eberstadt

"A brilliant contribution to the really big question about the future of the West, and a pleasure to read."

—Rodney Stark, author of the The Rise of Christianity

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

How the West Really Lost God is both a startlingly original account of how secularization happens and a sweeping brief about why everyone should care.

How The West Really Lost God: Read an Excerpt

How The West Really Lost God: Read an Excerpt

The particular puzzle that started this effort happens to be one of the most interesting questions in all the modern world. It is this: How and why has Christianity really come to decline in important parts of the West?

Praise for How The West Really Lost God

Praise for How The West Really Lost God

"You cannot understand the real philosophical problems of the West—which have been mounting for 40 years—without reading Eberstadt's new book." – Read what Jonathan V. Last and others are saying.

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

Family Breeds Transcendence

Family Breeds Transcendence

Rebecca Cusey

More adults now live longer alone. Could it be that this solitude , this absence from community, makes it easy to avoid the community of the Creator?

Before October's Synod on the Family, Read this Book!

Before October's Synod on the Family, Read this Book!

Elizabeth Scalia

I am firmly of the belief that Eberstadt’s book is a must-read in preparation for the potentially-momentous event, October’s Extraordinary Bishop’s Synod on the Family.

How the West Really Lost God?

How the West Really Lost God?

Robert Hunt

Perhaps the West isn’t losing God. Perhaps it is just beginning to find out who God really is.

The Family Factor

The Family Factor

Amber M. Stamper

Having read many of Eberstadt’s chapters—each a rich mine of research—two or three times, it will take a better eye and a more critical mind than mine to crack her argument. By page 122, I had written “This claim seems airtight…” no less than six times in my margins.

If Women Ran the World

If Women Ran the World

Elizabeth Scalia

Eberstadt makes the case that through committed human love we find God, and that this is particularly true in the transcendent experience of parenthood. 

If Daddy is a Cipher, Who is God the Father?

If Daddy is a Cipher, Who is God the Father?

Rebecca Hamilton

My opinion is that one of the main reasons that a smaller percentage of single people than marrieds go to church in today’s society is because they feel compelled to engage in sexual activities which the church forbids.

On Families and Faith

On Families and Faith

Bruce G. Epperly

I agree with Eberstadt that our congregations should make families key to our ministries, but I believe we should support the health of families regardless of their constitution.

Mary Eberstadt on How the West Really Lost God

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