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
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.
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?
"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.
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?
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.
Perhaps the West isn’t losing God. Perhaps it is just beginning to find out who God really is.
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.
Eberstadt makes the case that through committed human love we find God, and that this is particularly true in the transcendent experience of parenthood.
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.
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.