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Secularization means religion gets less important in modern societies. As the society goes through modernization, all the religious values and institutions decline.
The 1960s saw a trend toward secularization in Western Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. At the same time these things happened: economic prosperity, youth rebelling against the rules and conventions of society, women's liberation, radical theology, and radical politics.
- "The secularization debate", chapter 1 (pp. 3-32) in Norris, Pippa & Inglehart, Ronald 2004. Sacred and Secular: religion and politics worldwide. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-83984-6
- Jeffrey Cox, "Secularization and other master narratives of religion in modern Europe." Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte (2001): 24-35.