Is secularisation on the reverse gear?
Discern Annual Lecture 2009 by prof. David Martin
Discern Annual Lecture 2009 by Prof. David Martin
David Martin is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics (1962-1989); and a prolific contributor to public as well as sociological debate about religion. The author of more than 20 books, he has established creative lines of thinking both within the sociology of religion and at the interface between sociology and theology. Early books include Pacifism (Routledge 1965), The Sociology of English Religion (SCM 1967), and The Religous and the Secular (Routledge 1969), but <artin became best known for his magisterial A general Theory of Secularisation (Blackwell 1978). Tongues of Fire (Blackwell. 1990), elaborates the Latin American case within the secularisation framework. Forbidden Revolutions (SPCK 1996) continues the commitment to comparative sociology, and Reflections on Sociology and Theology (Oxford University Press 1996) collects a series of essays on the title theme. Most recently (July 2005) Profesor Martin has up-dated the secularisation debate in his book On Secularisation - towards a revised general theory.
Organisationally Professor Martin has promoted the sociology of religion both in Britain, through the British Sociological Association's Sociology of Religion Study Group, and internationally as President of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion.