I hope a picture is worth a thousand words, because I don’t have time for even a hundred words right now. But in re: Benjamin’s remarks about religion below, here are two different ways of looking at the Google ngrams dataset. On the one hand, drastic decline:
On the other hand, not doing so bad:
These images come out of work Loretta Auvil, Jordan Sellers, Boris Capitanu and myself presented at the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science last fall. In a sense the contrast between those two pictures contains a compressed version of a lot of recent discourse rethinking the meaning of “secularization.” I’ll have to leave the meaning of the contrast elliptical for now, though.