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The Secularization of Europe
An exploration of the influence of secularization on scientific theory in 19th century Europe.
# 109388 | 2,412 words | 15 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2008 in History (Religion) , History (European - 19th century) , European Studies (General)

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The paper presents the thesis that Europe's move to secularization would not have taken place without three factors: increasing urbanization, the related transfer of jobs from the agriculturally based to the industrially based, and the state sponsorship of religion, which reduced the recruiting zeal of organized religion and allowed for a decay of religious sentiment during the century. The paper shows how the stage was set for the theories of Charles Darwin to be accepted in the mid-19th century as a logical extension of the diminished role of God and religion in the affairs of man.

Precursors in the 18th Century
At the Dawn of the 19th Century
Secularism in the University
Religion in the 19th Century: Distancing itself from the Populace
Increasing Urbanization in Europe and its Effect on Secularization
Other Factors Increasing Secularization

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