No Honey, No Baby, No Church
How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization, by Mary Eberstadt (Templeton, 268 pp., $24.95)


For all these reasons, then, “family and faith are the invisible double helix of society — two spirals that when linked to one another can effectively reproduce, but whose strength and momentum depend on one another.” And, in today’s world, weak families mean that religion is not effectively reproducing.

If Eberstadt is right about the tight links between family and religion, and I am largely persuaded she is, then the short-term future of religion in the U.S., and the West more generally, is not bright. Marriage is likely to continue to lose ground as the central vehicle for bundling together sex, intimacy, property, mutual aid, and parenthood. More adults seem likely to postpone or forgo parenthood. The fundamental family factors that have often pushed people toward religious faith are petering out.

July 15, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 13

Books, Arts & Manners
  • Mackubin Thomas Owens reviews Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, by Allen C. Guelzo.
  • Yuval Levin reviews Edmund Burke: The First Conservative, by Jesse Norman and Edmund Burke in America: The Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism, by Drew Maciag.
  • Arthur L. Herman reviews Moment of Battle: The Twenty Clashes That Changed the World, by James Lacey and Williamson Murray.
  • W. Bradford Wilcox reviews How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization, by Mary Eberstadt.
  • Carrie Lukas reviews Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream—and Why It Matters, by Helen Smith.
  • Richard Brookhiser discusses a life of changing technology.
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