24.  Modern Secularism
and the Church:  II

How was it that by the early 1800s the secular spirit was able to seriously challenge the Christian faith? Why were some Western thinkers becoming even very disdaining or haughty in their attitude towards Christianity? Why was the most serious challenge to Christianity posed by the English naturalist, Charles Darwin? How did secularism continue to push Christianity off center stage--in order to take that position for itself? How did the work of Sigmund Freud in the early 20th century contribute further to the rise of secularism in the West? What was happening to Christianity during the rise of secular science to dominance over Western culture?
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Miles H. Hodges - 2002