In this magisterial work, cultural critic Mary Eberstadt delivers a powerful new theory about the decline of religion in the Western world. The conventional wisdom is that the West first experienced religious decline, followed by the decline of the family. Eberstadt turns this standard account on its head. Marshaling an impressive array of research, drawn from a variety of fields and sources, she shows that the reverse has also been true: the undermining of the family has further undermined Christianity itself. Hardcover.