a theory promoted in the 1960s by SOCIOLOGISTS such as Rodney STARK who argued that SECULARIZATION is a process linked to INDUSTRIALIZATION and urban life which leads to the disappearance of RELIGION in modern SOCIETY. Today, there seems considerable evidence that rather than causing religion to disappear, secularization leads to the growth of NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS causing Stark and others to revise their earlier ideas.

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