Secularisation is not a systematic attempt--of the sort which might be made by a social scientist--to describe and identify every feature of a fading religious landscape. It is a landscape, indeed, which was once familiar, and yet which now appears almost unrecognisable to those who have lived within it all their lives. They and many external observers are saddened by the decline of institutional religion and cannot clearly discern the full nature of the causes.
Edward Norman, author of An Anglican Catechism and Out of the Depths, holds to account a number of the fundamental transformations in religious understanding itself which help the reader to grasp the bigger picture of the decline of the Church.
"An assessment of a fading religious language." --Church Times, 1 March 2002